Primary Care Workforce Expanding, but Mostly in Cities

November 6, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under For Employers, For the Workforce

Last modified November 9, 2020

According to this article from Medscape, the number of primary care providers is increasing per capita in the United States, but they are still disproportionately concentrated in urban centers, researchers say.

Many have been concerned about the shortage of healthcare workers and whether they will be able to meet the nation’s growing burden of chronic diseases, but this finding discussed in the article may provide some reassurance. “Access to primary care doctors is critical to population health and to reduce healthcare disparities in this country,” said Donglan Zhang, PhD, an assistant professor of public health at the University of Georgia in Athens.

However, many counties still remain underserved, Zhang told Medscape Medical News. The need for primary care in the United States is increasing not only with population growth, but because the population is aging.

The researchers also found that there were more primary care physicians per capita in counties with higher household incomes, counties with a higher proportion of Asian residents, and counties with a higher proportion of college graduates.

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