February 22, 2023
Many U.S. communities are facing a shortfall of primary care physicians, according to a new report released today.
The report—from the Milbank Memorial Fund and The Physicians Foundation—offers an assessment of primary care in the U.S. and the need to invest in our health care workforce. The new report includes a tracking tool to measure the trends in primary care over time, financing, access, workforce development, and research.
“Given declining life expectancy, racial and ethnic health disparities, the current epidemic of mental health needs, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and other nationwide issues that primary care can help address, these findings represent an urgent call to policymakers and other stakeholders,” the report notes.
Among the key takeaways:
HAP continues to focus on strategies to grow Pennsylvania’s health care workforce. Last month, HAP and its Health Care Talent Task Force released a report with strategies to support Pennsylvania’s workforce pipeline. The report highlights the need to prioritize our health care talent infrastructure, support health care workers, and strengthen the health care community.
The new primary care report card is available to review online.
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