Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) September 10, 2008
The physician shortage in the United States is real and getting worse, according to a survey and feature article in the latest issue of the Jackson & Coker Industry Report. Although the physician shortfall has impacted hospitals and medical groups of all sizes, there are, nonetheless, steps being taken to address the problem in significant ways, with promising results.
"Almost everyone within and outside the medical profession recognizes the problem," says Sandra Garrett, president of Jackson & Coker. "The challenge is to identify helpful solutions that can provide relief in the near term and in the coming decades," she adds.
The Jackson & Coker Industry Report, a monthly newsletter produced by the research and marketing department of Jackson & Coker, published in its August 2008 edition information that details the escalating physician shortage and discusses some pragmatic measures being taken to address it.
One article was a specially commissioned research report entitled "The Physician Shortage--How Critical Is It?" The report examined the extent of the current staffing crisis, noting both the causes, the current impact and practical steps being taken by the medical profession.
Some alarming statistics.
According to the report, the physician shortage is critical and getting worse. Here are some of the documented statistics:
According to the special report, a number of steps are being taken to remedy the shortfall of practicing physicians.
Some of these recommendations posit solutions that will come to fruition years from now. Meanwhile, how are hospitals and health organizations responding to the crisis?
In light of the looming physician shortage, hospitals are adopting a more flexible staffing model, according to an accompanying survey in the Jackson & Coker Industry Report entitled "Addressing the Physician Shortage."
The survey was commissioned during August and targeted hospital administrators, including CEO's, and in-house physician recruiters. The hospital sizes varied from under 50 beds to over 200 beds. The service areas ranged from under 50,000 residents to well over 500,000. In terms of community type, 49% of hospitals were situated in rural areas, and almost 30% were located in urban areas.
Three-fourths of the respondents were associated with not-for-profit hospitals, and 10% were affiliated with for-profit hospitals. Twenty percent indicated that their hospital was a teaching institution, versus 67% that said theirs was not a teaching facility.
What means are hospitals taking to address the physician shortage? Here are some significant survey findings:
For most hospitals, meeting staffing goals in light of the physician shortage is no small task. Utilizing innovative sourcing techniques and recruitment strategies is certainly useful in achieving this objective.
"A shortage of physicians means that communities are underserved and patients are not receiving adequate medical attention," mentions Ms. Garrett. "Whatever means are useful in remedying the problem will certainly contribute to improving health care delivery across the board. It's encouraging that proposals have been made and steps taken to address this critical need."
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Jackson & Coker
Founded in 1978, Jackson & Coker is a well regarded physician recruitment firm headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia. Company recruiters place physicians representing 40 medical specialties and advanced practitioners (chiefly CRNA's) in temporary (locum tenens) and permanent placement positions.
Jackson & Coker is a member of a "family of companies" known as Jackson Healthcare (JH). The corporation provides information technology and human resources solutions to hospitals and healthcare facilities across the United States. Jackson Healthcare recently moved into its brand new, state-of-the-art headquarters and has the distinction of being named among "Atlanta's Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies" and designated by Inc. Magazine as among "The Fastest Growing U.S. private companies."
More information concerning Jackson & Coker can be found at the firm's website: http://www.jacksoncoker.com/.