Report: New York State Faces Doctor Shortage
(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- New York State is facing a shortage of physicians in hospitals that could get even worse in the future, according to a report by the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS).
According to the report, the state could face even more shortages as the departure and retirement rates of doctors increases since the average age of practicing doctors is 52 and 16 percent of doctors are over the age of 65. Rural areas of the state have been hit hardest by the shortage.
“Every patient deserves a doctor,” said HANYS’ President Daniel Sisto. “We must have policies in place to motivate and recruit physicians to practice in New York State, particularly in the communities that need them the most.”
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