Delaware is in the midst of a crisis and it might not be the one you are familiar with.
The Primary Care Physician 2018 Survey
The Primary Care Physician in Delaware Survey was administered for the eighth time at the end of 2018. The survey provides information on physicians actively providing patient care, how long they intend to practice, their practice characteristics, and demographics. These results help government officials, employers, and educational institutions make decisions on things like budgets, curricula, and workforce development. It’s extremely important that there is an adequate supply of health professionals available to Delawareans.
The Survey Results
There are not enough new primary care physicians entering the field to replace those that plan on leaving in the next five years. This means the current primary care physician shortage is only going to worsen.
Some of the reasons for the exodus and avoidance of primary care include:
The Primary Care Collaborative has been tasked with finding some solutions to this crisis. Some of the options include:
The Primary Care Collaborative continues to meet and seek further stakeholder input and data. It’s vital that the state come together to work on this issue.
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To view the full survey results, click here: Primary Care Physicians in Delaware 2018.To read the full Primary Care Collaborative Report, click here: Primary Care Collaborative Report 2019.