Study shows California’s physician shortage is getting worse

A recent study by Joanne Spetz and Janet Coffman, faculty members of the Healthforce Center at UCSF and the Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, indicates a growing shortage of physicians in California. The federal government recommends 60 to 80 primary care doctors per 100,000 people. In California, the number already is down to just 50 — and in particular areas, it’s even lower.

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