Aging Physicians Portend Md Shortage
By Marilyn Bowden
Compared with rural areas in Florida, Miami-Dade County’s physician workforce is in good shape, but a number of factors suggest that critical shortages are just around the corner.
The 2012 Physician Workforce Annual Report, just released by the state Department of Health, found that Miami-Dade, along with most of urbanized South Florida, has 21 to 34 physicians per 10,000 people.
"That’s adequate coverage, not only in primary care but in most sub-specialties," said Karl M. Altenburger, MD, a board member of The Physicians Foundation, an advocacy group for practicing physicians. "The concern isn’t so much for today but for five to 10 years from now."To read the full article and the rest of the Miami Today issue, GO TO e-MIAMI TODAY, an exact replica of the printed edition.