California Editorial Rdp

Feb. 5

San Francisco Chronicle on how California can stay healthy:

California’s population is aging. Without big changes in how the state finds and trains its health care workforce, it soon won’t have enough physicians and other caretakers to look after its people.

That’s the message from a startling new report by the California Future Health Workforce Commission.

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The commission, a coalition of CEOs, educators, nurses and physicians who spent nearly two years studying the challenge of providing health care for California’s shifting demographics, has come up with 10 recommendations that they say could eliminate the shortage of primary care physicians and nearly eliminate the shortage of psychiatrists by 2030.

The catch? The recommendations come with a price tag of $3 billion. Implementing an additional 17 important recommendations would require a combined cost of $6 billion.

The numbers sound enormous, but they’re drops in the bucket

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