Mississippi has a healthcare problem

 

Providing adequate, quality healthcare is Mississippi's pressing challenge.

 
 
 

Mississippi already occupies the bottom of nearly every health metric.

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there is a looming national shortage of physicians

 
 

With a growing, aging population, the demand for physicians has intensified, and communities around the country are already experiencing doctor shortages.

These shortages pose a real risk to patients. Because it takes between five and 10 years to train a doctor

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN MEDICAL COLLEGES (AAMC) REPORTED LAST MARCH THE U.S. MAY SEE A SHORTAGE OF 90,000 PHYSICIANS BY 2025.

Rural areas are hit especially hard despite government incentives for physicians to practice in shortage areas.

 

Mississippi needs compassionate practitioners to extend the care that physicians provide and increase access to care.

PAs adaptability and superior cost-effectiveness, play a crucial role in the health care delivery system, particularly in rural communities where populations are vulnerable, access is limited, and income levels are low.

 
State policymakers struggling with health care workforce shortages in underserved communities, including many rural areas, might consider the potential benefits and costs of expanding the integration of PAs into the evolving health care delivery system. To do so, states can examine existing regulations, the availability of training programs, and incentives to guide PAs to needed practice areas.
-National Governors Association (follow link for full text)