How to tackle the physician shortage
“The national physician shortage is an urgent issue that requires immediate attention. Otherwise, the next time you seek medical care, you might be treated by a non-physician for a condition that requires physician attention. This could be expensive and detrimental unless we solve the issue of training and retaining physicians.
Physicians are uniquely positioned to advocate for solutions in three roles: trusted messenger, physician-administrator, and political officeholders.
Surveys consistently show that health care is in the top three motivators for voters, yet patients are likely unaware that the physician shortage is a grave threat to their health and wellness. As trusted messengers, physicians can educate and inform the public about this particular peril in our broadly broken health care system. Voters can only effectively advocate for themselves and their communities and compel their elected officials to legislate change if they understand the roots of these issues.”
Sujan Gogu is a family physician.
He shares his story and discusses the KevinMD article, “How to tackle the physician shortage.”
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