Unfilled hospital openings for doctors growing, survey finds

Unfilled hospital openings for doctors growing, survey finds

(HealthDay)—The need for hospital physicians is growing, according to an article published Jan. 3 in Medical Economics.

As part of its 2013 Clinical Workforce Survey, the staffing firm AMN Healthcare surveyed hospital chief executive officers, chief financial officers, and other hospital executives.

According to the survey results, the physician vacancy rate at the surveyed hospitals increased from 10.7 percent in 2009 to 17.6 percent in 2013. More than three-quarters of respondents (78 percent) believed that there was a moderate to severe shortage of physicians nationwide. The Affordable Care Act, 65 percent of respondents said, will create an increased need to hire more physicians at their hospitals, as more patients enter the health care system. Despite these shortages, only 28 percent of respondents from teaching hospitals said they plan on adding additional residency positions, largely because of cost. Shortages also exist for advanced practitioners and for nurses.

"No matter what models of care are in place, it takes physicians, nurses and other clinicians to provide , and the fact is we simply do not have enough of them," said AMN Healthcare's CEO Susan Salka, according to the Medical Economics article.

More information: More Information

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Many physicians will stop practicing due to ACA

Dec 17, 2013

(HealthDay)—About half of physicians say that they plan to practice medicine for a shorter time or leave as soon as feasibly possible due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to an article published ...

Survey: Fees, reimbursement top physician worries

Jan 11, 2014

(HealthDay)—The results of a new survey show that physicians are concerned about declining reimbursements and increasing administrative hassles, including negotiating with payers, obtaining prior authorizations, ...

US adults want physicians managing their health care

Dec 24, 2013

(HealthDay)—U.S. adults prefer physicians to non-physicians for health care and would choose a physician to lead their medical team, according to the results of a survey commissioned by the American Academy ...

Recommended for you

Study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system

20 hours ago

A new study of foster care in Canada led by a researcher at Western University reveals a shrinking number of foster care providers are available across the country to care for a growing number of children with increasingly ...

Researchers prove the benefits of persimmons for diet

21 hours ago

Alba Mir and Ana Domingo, researchers from the Department of Analytical Chemistry of the University of Valencia, under the supervision of professors Miguel de la Guardia and Maria Luisa Cervera, from the same department, ...

Hand blenders used for cooking can emit persistent chemicals

21 hours ago

Eight out of twelve tested models of hand blenders are leaking chlorinated paraffins when used according to the suppliers' instructions. This is revealed in a report from Stockholm University where researchers analyzed a ...

User comments