Wisconsin Hospital Association: WHA praises grant program addressing Wisconsin physician shortage

Wisconsin Hospital Association: WHA praises grant program addressing Wisconsin physician shortage

As the population ages and demand for health care continues to grow, new data from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) shows Wisconsin’s Graduate Medical
Education (GME) Program is gaining traction in heading off a projected Wisconsin primary care physician shortage.

By 2030, Wisconsin’s population over the age of 65 is expected to double, increasing demand for primary care physician services. At the same time, almost 400 physicians per year leave the practice of medicine or reduce their hours in preparation for retirement. A 2011 study by the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA) predicted a shortfall in Wisconsin of over 2,000 physicians by 2030 and recommended increasing Wisconsin-based physician post-graduate training programs (GME) to help address the gap.

Read the full Wisconsin Hospital Association article here.