HANYS Survey Finds Statewide Primary Care Shortages

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The Healthcare Association of New York State has released its 2013 Physician Advocacy Survey, which examines the "physician climate" of the state, excluding New York City.

The survey findings reiterate the trend of physician shortage, highlighted by the fact that 63 percent of respondent hospitals and health systems said they did not have enough primary care capacity to sufficiently meet patients' needs.

Sixty-one percent of respondents said they have to transfer patients elsewhere because their emergency departments are not fully covered with certain specialties. Additionally, 31 percent of respondents reduced and/or eliminated patient services due to the physician shortage. For rural hospitals, that number jumps to 51 percent of respondents.

For a more detailed look at the physician shortage in New York state, access HANYS' Physician Advocacy Survey here.

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