The Assembly Committee on Health last week passed SB 20 by Sen. Ed Hernandez (D-West Covina), a bill that proposes to repay physician-training loans for doctors who choose to practice in medically underserved areas.
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.
In addition, the Association of American Medical Colleges says that nearly 30% of California's doctors are nearing retirement age.
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).