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With a population growing more than twice as fast as the national average – and people living longer and experiencing more chronic illness – the demand for health care has never been greater. Unfortunately, Texas has too few physicians to meet the health care needs of its growing population.

The state has well-document shortages of primary care physicians and other specialists, including psychiatrists. More than 80 percent of Texas counties are designated as mental health professional shortage areas, and about 40 percent of Texas counties’ primary care health needs are not currently being met. Shortages of nurses and allied health professionals contribute to this problem.

The Texas Legislature has invested significant funds to increase the size of the health care workforce in Texas, but continued investment is required to combat the severe shortage of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals.

Growing the health care workforce, including the number of behavioral health professionals, in Texas is a top priority for the Texas Hospital Association.

Learn more about Graduate Medical Education.

Agenda, Forum on State Grant Opportunities for Expanding Graduate Medical Education (hosted by THA, TMA, THOT and THECB; November 2015)

Forum on State Grant Opportunities for Expanding Graduate Medical Education, Linda B. Andrews, M.D. (November 2015) (PPT)

Tips from the Trenches about Adding or Growing GME, J.Edward Bates, M.Ed. (November 2015) (PPT)

Tips from the Trenches about Adding or Growing GME, Robert J. Nolan, M.D. (November 2015) (PPT)

Graduate Medical Education FY 2016-2017, Suzanne Pickens (PPT)

Contacts:

Jennifer Banda, J.D. 512/465-1046