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HANYS Report Details Physician Shortage

HANYS has released a new report entitled "Help Wanted: New York's Physician Shortage Continues to Worsen." A few excerpts from the executive summary and key findings:

Access to care in communities across New York State is threatened by growing physician shortages. HANYS' members reported a dramatic increase in the number of departing physicians and severe difficulty in recruiting replacements in 2009. As a result, both emergency and routine services are becoming less available in many of New York's communities.

Sixty-nine percent of hospitals indicated there were times when the physician shortage left their emergency department without coverage for certain specialties, requiring patients to transfer to other hospitals for treatment, an increase of more than
50% from the previous year.

Nearly 1,600 physicians retired or left their communities in 2009.

View the full report on the HANYS website.

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