Accession Number : AD0738103

Title :   Some Radical New Approaches to Dealing with the Physician Shortage,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Schwartz,William B.

Report Date : SEP 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Current strategies for dealing with the medical manpower problem will not adequately break the constraints on the delivery of good quality medical care to the population. Doing more of what has been done in the past, as embodied for example in the plan to increase the number of medical students and physicians, will not itself be sufficient to provide the needed services. Instead, major changes must be created in the health care system based on exploitation of new technology and on a redefinition of the physician's role in the delivery system. Perhaps the most promising and familiar new strategy that has been proposed is one which envisions the wide use of allied health personnel such as physician's assistants. However, the doctor will still be left with a large number of repetitive tasks, many of which consume much of his time and which conceivably could be delegated to new classes of health care specialists. But 'categorical' health care specialists, most of whom have to function under physician supervision, can have little impact in areas where physicians are not available. To close the health services gap in such areas, a new 'independent' physician's associate has been proposed and experimental programs now underway suggest that this approach holds considerable promise.

Descriptors :   (*MEDICAL PERSONNEL, *MANPOWER), ECONOMICS, RURAL AREAS, URBAN AREAS, DISTRIBUTION, MEDICAL TECHNICIANS

Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE