ERIC Number: ED158680
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: N/A
Influencing the Distribution of Physicians: Manpower Policy Strategies. Issues in Higher Education. Series No. 13.
Collier, Stephen N.
The great disparity in the geographic and specialty distribution of health manpower, particularly physicians, and strategies to resolve the maldistribution problems are addressed. Rural areas do not have an adequate supply of qualified health manpower, and almost one-third of the nation's critical health manpower shortage areas are in southern states. Data are presented on the ratios of physicians to civilian population and the percentage of physicians in primary medical care. Strategies for influencing the distribution of physicians are directed to the selection and education of medical students and residents in training, and others relate to fiscal policies and community recruitment activities after training. Strategies involve money, policies and procedures, program development, or changes in laws. The state government holds the power to modify licensure laws, provide scholarships and loans, fund residency training programs in family practice, fund Area Health Education Centers, and influence reimbursement schedules. A combination of policies and incentives coordinated in an overall plan by the state is needed to deal with the problems of physician distribution. (SW)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Geographic Distribution, Health Personnel, Health Services, Higher Education, Labor Needs, Medical Education, Medical Services, Needs Assessment, Physicians, Primary Health Care, Regional Planning, Rural Areas, Rural Urban Differences, State Action
Southern Regional Education Board, 130 Sixth Street, N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30313
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.