On Tuesday, the state Senate passed two of three bills that aim to expand certain health care providers' scope of practice as a means to address California's primary care physician shortage, the AP/Sacramento Bee reports (Lin, AP/Sacramento Bee, 5/28).
Only 16 of the state's 58 counties have the supply of physicians recommended by the federal government.
A special forum on California’s new health care marketplace for Los Angeles area community leaders and key stakeholders Friday, June 7, 2013 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Doors open at 2:30 p.m.) Cal State LA Eagle’s Nest Gymnasium 5151 State University Drive Los Angeles, CA 90032 Co-hosted by Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez, O.D. and Assemblymember Jimmy Gomez
By California Healthline On Tuesday, California doctors announced a package of five bills that aim to address the state's physician shortage, the Sacramento Business Journal report. The bills were unveiled at the California Medical Association's annual legislative conference (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 4/16).
California doesn't have enough primary care physicians. Forty-two of its 58 counties fall short of the federal government's most basic standard. The state needs another 2,000 doctors, and the situation will get dramatically worse next year -- even in Silicon Valley -- when between 2-4 million Californians obtain health insurance under Obamacare and go looking for a doctor.