Primary Care Sector Witnesses Shortage of Doctors

After carrying out a research on the primary medical care system in America, study researchers from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS), have reached at a conclusion that the primary sector faces acute shortage of doctors.

Lead researcher Candice Chen was of the view that things will not change unless authorities concerned do not make fundamental changes. As per the research, there are less than 25% doctors in primary care sector.

"The study's findings raise questions about whether federally funded graduate medical education institutions are meeting the nation's need for more primary care physicians, said Prof Chen.

The research, which has been published in Academic Medicine, have uncovered that the American graduate medical education system gets a lot of money. If to quote figure then it has been said that approximately $10 billion is received from the Medicare program and $3 billion from Medicaid.

Despite getting such a hefty amount, the sector has been facing shortage of doctors. In order to reach at the above given result, the study researchers assessed the career hunt of as many as 8,977 doctors.

After three to five years, just 25.2% doctors were practising in primary care, said study researchers.