Change in Physician Availability

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Alabama No information available
Alaska As of 2004, AZ physician to population ratio (208/100k) is far below national average of 283/100k.The gap widened by almost 10% since 1990 (AZ was 83% of national average vs. 73.5% in 2004).SOURCE: AZ Physician Workforce Study – 2005 ASU and Univ. of AZ Health Sciences Center.

As of 2004, AZ physician to population ratio (208/100k) is far below national average of 283/100k.The gap widened by almost 10% since 1990 (AZ was 83% of national average vs. 73.5% in 2004).SOURCE: AZ Physician Workforce Study – 2005 ASU and Univ. of AZ Health Sciences Center.

A 2006 survey by Arizona State University showed a 10 percent increase each of the past two years in doctors coming to the state. Researchers also  noted that 2,200 more physicians are needed to meet the state's growing demand for health care. Overall, doctors are seeing more patients each week than they did 10 years ago, and the doctor shortage is chronic and particularly acute in rural areas.

Arkansas There are 92 physicians per 100,000 residents — the 5th lowest in the United States (HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, July 3, 2003)
California No information available
Colorado Nearly half of the 2,178 doctors who moved to Colorado in 2003 fled crisis states, according to Peregrine Management Corp. 863 relocated from states nearing a crisis.
Connecticut No information available
Delaware No information available
Florida No information available
Georgia A 2003 study by the GA Board for Physician Workforce showed 17.3% of physicians stopped high-risk procedures during the previous year due to rising premiums. This follows a 17.8% reduction in 2001.
Hawaii State specialty societies report the number of OBs in the state fell by 9% from 2003-2005 and the number of orthopedic surgeons fell by 29% over ten years.
Idaho No information available
Illinois No information available
Indiana No information available
Iowa No information available
Kansas No information available
Kentucky From 2001-2004, Kentucky lost 36% of its practicing neurosurgeons, 29% of its general surgeons and 25% of its obstetricians. (KMA)
Louisiana No information available
Maine No information available
Maryland No information available
Massachusetts No information available
Michigan No information available
Minnesota Emergency physicians at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis testified at a legislative committee that they came within three days of disbanding their group practice because they had trouble obtaining coverage, even though they had not filed a claim in years.
Mississippi No information available
Missouri No information available
Montana No information available
Nebraska No information available
Nevada Nevada Mutual, a physician-owned insurer and largest carrier in the state reports that none of the residents who completed work at University Medical Center in Las Vegas in 2004 remained in Nevada.
New Hampshire No information available
New Jersey No information available
New Mexico No information available
New York No information available
North Carolina No information available
North Dakota No information available
Ohio According to an Associated Press analysis of State Medical Board numbers, the number of obstetrics and gynecology physicians decreased by 5% since 2002 to 1,327 in 2007…despite enactment of liability reforms.
Oklahoma No information available
Oregon 43.4% of neurosurgeons, 27.1% of orthopedic surgeons, and 23.5% of Ob-gyns reported they stopped providing certain services or would soon do so. (AMA)
Pennsylvania In 2003, only 17% of residents who trained in the state stayed. (PMA). The state had a net loss of 507 physicians from 2002 to 2003. The Pennsylvania Neurological Society reported the number of neurosurgeons in Pennsylvania decreased by about 25% since the late 1990s, when more than 200 practiced in the state. A 2007 study published in Health Affairs found that the total number of PA physicians increased by almost 6% between 1993 and 2002 and that the total number of physicians who practiced in high-risk specialties increased by 3.3% during the same period.
Rhode Island No information available
South Carolina No information available
South Dakota No information available
Tennessee No information available
Texas From May 2003 to August 2005, more than 3000 physicians established practices in the state, according to the TX Tech Law Review.  TAPA says more than 600 new physicians began practicing in TX in the two years after reforms.   TMA says more than half of physicians reported stopping some high risk services in 2003.  By 2005, that dropped to 13%.  In 2006, new physician applications jumped to 4,026, up 35 percent from 2005, according to the Texas Medical Board, with applications increasing by about 100% since reforms were passed in 2003. According to an October 2007 New York Times article, the growth in physicians from 2001 to 2005 was twice as high as the growth in population.   The Office of Rural Community Affairs and other sources revealed that 82 counties had a net gain in EPs from 2003 to 2008, including 43 medically underserved counties and 26 counties added more OB/GYNs. In September 2010, the TMB reported receiving a record 4,128 new physician applications during the 09-10 fiscal year, the fifth consecutive year applications exceeded 4,000.  TAPA reported 3,630 new physicians were licensed during the 11-12 fiscal year.
Utah No information available
Vermont No information available
Virginia No information available
Washington No information available
West Virginia No information available
Wisconsin No information available
Wyoming A report for the Wyoming Office of Rural Health showed 728 physicians practicing full time in the state in September 2004. The report noted 115 physician vacancies in the state, with more than 50 physicians leaving their practices over the course of the year. Wyoming's physician/population ratio ranks 47th out of 50 states.
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