Navigation Links
Report: Too Few Physicians, Nurses to Implement Presidential Candidates' Health Reform Plans

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Plans put forward by the leading 2008 presidential candidates to enhance access to healthcare will prove impractical without more physicians and nurses, a new report contends.

Titled, Physician and Nurse Supply: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle, the newly released report was completed by AMN Healthcare, the largest healthcare staffing company in the United States. The report reviews the healthcare reform proposals of seven leading presidential candidates and evaluates the proposals in the context of physician and nurse supply. According to the report, none of the candidates have yet proposed initiatives to increase physician and nurse supply to meet today's shortages, or to address the increased need for healthcare services that would arise under a reformed system featuring expanded access to care.

"There is a critical connection between access to healthcare and the supply of physicians, nurses and other medical professionals," notes Susan Nowakowski, President and Chief Executive Officer of AMN Healthcare. "The candidates are suggesting positive healthcare reforms, but to be effective, their plans should take into account the need for more doctors and nurses."

The report observes that the United States currently has a shortfall of 120,000 nurses. With the aging of the baby boomer population and an aging nurse workforce, that deficit is projected to be at least 350,000 by 2020, and, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, could reach 1,000,000 nurses by 2020. The report also cites the growing physician shortage, which is projected to reach between 85,000 and 200,000 physicians by 2020. Reforming the current healthcare system to cover some or all America's 47 million uninsured, as proposed by some candidates, would increase demand for healthcare services, exacerbating physician and nurse shortages, the report maintains.

In examining the leading presidential candidates' healthcare reform proposals, the AMN Healthcare report notes that only a few of the candidates are calling for increased nurse training. Moreover, none of the candidates are proposing to produce 110,000 new nurses per year, the number of new nurses researchers say is needed, as explained in the AMN Healthcare report. In addition, none of the candidates have yet discussed plans to address the need for more faculty members at nurse training programs, which the report outlines as key to increasing nurse supply. The report notes that over 30,000 qualified applicants to four-year nursing programs were turned away in 2007 due to lack of faculty and space.

The report also indicates that none of the candidates have proposed to increase the number of physicians trained in the United States. The key to increasing physician supply is creating more residency training slots at the nation's teaching hospitals, the report says, but none of the candidates' reform proposals advocate this step.

"If the goal is to provide broader access to healthcare, it will be essential that the public policy makers also address the availability of a trained clinical workforce required to deliver on the promise," Nowakowski observes. "With or without universal healthcare, increasing physician and nurse supply should be a national priority."

More information about physician and nurse supply and the complete report, "Nurse Supply: The Missing Piece of the Puzzle" are available online at

About AMN Healthcare

AMN Healthcare Services, Inc. is the largest temporary healthcare staffing company in the United States. The company is the largest nationwide provider of travel nurse staffing services, locum tenens staffing services (temporary physician staffing) and physician permanent placement services, and also a leading nationwide provider of allied healthcare staffing services. AMN Healthcare recruits healthcare professionals both nationally and internationally and places them on variable lengths of assignments and in permanent positions at acute-care hospitals, physician practice groups and other healthcare facilities throughout the United States. AMN Healthcare sponsors the Council on Physician and Nurse Supply. Based at the University of Pennsylvania, the Council is a group of national healthcare leaders dedicated to bringing the supply of physicians and nurses in line with the nation's needs.

SOURCE AMN Healthcare Services, Inc.
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. American Heart Association Surgical Supplement Journal Report: Appropriate Hospital Discharge System Can Prevent Future Cardiac Events
2. New Report: Dangerous Drug Side Effects and Deaths Doubled Since 1998... Seniors Hit Hardest
3. New Report: Increasing Oregons Cigarette Tax Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money
4. New report: private/public insurance mix is most practical way to achieve universal coverage
5. New Report: Increasing Marylands Cigarette Tax Will Reduce Smoking, Save Lives and Save Money
6. Report: Medicare-Administered Drug Benefit Would be More Affordable, Comprehensive, Stable than Current Private Insurance-Run Drug Benefit
7. Landmark Report: Excess Body Fat Causes Cancer
8. New Report: Tobacco Regulation Would Save Iowa $449 Million in Health Care Costs by Preventing 25,700 Kids from Smoking
9. Nurses Send Sutter a Clear Message
10. Hundreds of RNs from Across U.S. and World to Join California Nurses Association/NNOC National Convention
11. New Director of Nursing Practice Named for Nurses Association
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... It takes only ... a business, it is critical that the first impression be positive and reflects business ... not likely to buy anything or want to return. They will also share their ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 24, 2015 , ... United Benefit Advisors (UBA), the nation’s ... as its newest Partner Firm. Based in Jefferson City, Missouri, their core philosophy ... regardless of whether that client is a business, a family, or an individual. ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... , ... November 24, 2015 , ... Serenity Point Rehabilitation, ... series of recent video interviews with some of the staff members at their recovery ... residential treatment facility, as well as some of the things that make their recovery ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... 2015 , ... Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health is pleased ... Surgery Facility for treating individuals living with morbid or extreme obesity. , Aetna ... its members to help them make informed decisions about their healthcare needs. In ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... ... November 24, 2015 , ... American Specialty ... Program have announced their endorsement of the Medical Fitness Network (MFN), a ... proud to have the MFN as one of our endorsed organizations,” said ASH ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/24/2015)... Nov. 24, 2015 iRhythm Technologies, Inc. , a ... today announced that it will participate in the 27th Annual Piper ... New York, NY . Kevin King , ... December 1, 2015 at 8:50am ET. --> ... . --> . --> iRhythm ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... Ontario , Nov. 24, 2015 Teledyne ... digital X-Ray image sensing technology, will introduce its CMOS ... Technical Exhibition , November 29 to December 3, at McCormick ... of dynamic detectors for diagnostic and interventional imaging will be ... Xineos family of advanced CMOS X-Ray detectors is ...
(Date:11/24/2015)... The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products for ... growth to 2021, says GBI Research . ... Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM), will be a key driver of market ... --> The uptake of recently approved and pipeline premium products ... market growth to 2021, says GBI Research . ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: