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Squeezing Blood from a Turnip: Health Care Reform & Kentucky’s Physician Shortage

Posted In Affordable Care Act, Health Professional Shortage Areas (“HPSA”), Health Reform, Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, Physician shortages

Deloitte Consulting, a technology firm helping to establish the new Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange mandated by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), recently completed a review that paints quite a grim outlook for the future state of health care in the Commonwealth. According to the review, Kentucky needs 3,790 additional physicians (including primary care doctors and specialists), 612 more dentists, 5,635 more registered nurses, 296 more physician assistants, and 269 more optometrists to meet current demand. The numbers are stunning on their own, but in light of health care reform and Medicaid expansion, they are downright staggering. More >

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