Facts and Figures

Physicians report spending up to one hour on paperwork for each hour spent with patients (source: American Hospital Association News, May 7, 2001).
In October 2002, a study from the University of Pennsylvania showed for the first time that there is a direct correlation between nurse staffing ratios and incidence of patient deaths (source: CBS News).
The latest hospital data on the use of hospital emergency departments show that there were 108 million visits in 2000, up 14 percent from 95 million visits in 1997 (source: Centers for Disease Control).

Related News Articles

If you would like to read more about healthcare staffing shortages, we have gathered a number of recent news articles on the subject for your convenience. Please click on a hyperlinked title below to view the full article.

For Doctors, Rationing Care is Standard Practice - Washington Post

Doctor Shortage Looms as Primary Care Loses its Pull - USA Today

Rx for Money Woes: Doctors Quit Medicine - CNNMoney.com

No Relief: Shortage Keeps Older Docs on the Job - MSNBC 

Primary-Care Doctor Shortage May Undermine Reform Efforts - The Washington Post 

Waits to See Boston Doctors Grow Even Longer - The Boston Globe 

Save Primary Care, But Don't Rob Peter to Pay Paul - HealthLeaders Media 

Gastroenterologist Shortage Is Forecast - The New York Times 

State Societies Warn of Primary Care Shortages - American Medical News 

New Model of Care Is Needed, Experts Say - The New York Times 

Shortage of General Surgeons Endangers Rural Americans - The Washington Post 

The Primary Care Shortage - Texas Medicine 

Primary Care Doctors Struggling to Survive - L.A. Times 

The Doctor is Out - The Washington Post 

America's Pending Shortage of Cancer Doctors

ER Overload 

How Texas can meet the growing demand for health care 

Costly ER still draws many now insured 

MD Recruits Face Culture Shock in Appalachia 

The Collapse of Primary Care 

Fewer US med students choosing primary care 

Officials: Nursing shortage could become crisis 

Ailing Economy Helps Ease Nursing Shortage 

Temp doctors in demand 

Study: Med schools can boost rural physician supply 

Cleveland Clinic to pay tuition for medical school students 

Cuts in Medicaid May Mean Billion-Dollar Loss to New York for Training Doctors 

As Doctors Get a Life, Strains Show 

Exodus of specialists from ERs raises concerns 

An unhealthy trend: U.S. has fewer general surgeons 

AMA calls for more physician training in aging care as IOM releases report 

Congress Aims To Ease Doctor Shortage

In Massachusetts, Universal Coverage Strains Care 

Minority doctors in short supply in state 

Primary Health Care Needs Fixing Before Universal Care Can Work 

Practices Struggle To Recruit New FPs 

Shortage of Primary Care Threatens Health Care System 

As Population Grows Older, Geriatricians Grow Scarce 

Shortage of Surgeons Pinches U.S. Hospitals

Visa Program not Helping Ease Ohio's Primary Care Doctor's Shortage

Medical Schools Prepare for "Silver Tsunami"

Severe Dearth of Doctors Forecast for Maryland

Nurses Head Back to School

Texas Nursing Schools Facing Critical Teacher Shortage

Influx of Medical Students Creates Concern

We Have More Students. Now What?

Shortage of Beds And Psychiatrists Plagues Much of Va.

Scholarships Aimed at RN Educator Shortage

Doctor Shortage Forces Closure of Vermont Birthing Center

Directions for Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants in the Era of Physician Shortages

Physician Assistant Education in the United States

A Critical Shortage of Nurses

Become a Nurse, Get a Tan

Shortage of Doctors Affects Rural U.S.

Start from Ground up to Fix Health Care: CDC Head

A Prescription for More Nurses

Health Care Crisis Growing

The Doctor Will See You—In Three Months

Physician Workforce Study: Executive Summary - 2007

Program Aiming to Fill Health Care Worker Shortage

The Health Care Workforce: Facing Peril or Opportunity

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