Hawaii physician shortage plays out in Maui County

A recent University of Hawaii study highlights a projected statewide physician shortage, reports The Maui News.

Here are three study findings cited in the report.

1. Currently, Maui County has approximately 306 full-time equivalent physicians. However, with a population of 160,000, the county needs approximately 386 to be adequately served, marking a shortfall of 26 percent, according to the report.

2. Overall, Hawaii has a full-time physician shortage of 890, and the shortage is expected to expand to 1,500 within five years, the report states.

3. According to the report, the study shows the greatest statewide shortages are in family medicine, general surgery and pathology.

For more on the study, read the full report here.

 

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