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.
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2017 Legislative Session
SB 1066 – Requirement for New Medical Schools to Add First Year Residency GME Positions
HB 1407 – Emergency Medical Services Education Assistance Program
HB 1486 – Medicaid Reimbursement for Services Provided by Peer Specialists
HB 2950 – Renewal of the Texas Board of Nursing and Authorization of New Nurse Licensure Compact
HB 3083 – Loan Repayment for Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors
HB 3808 – Loan Repayment for Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists
SB 18 – GME Expansion
HB 495 – Nursing School Innovation Grants
SB 239 – Loan Repayment Assistance for Mental Health Professionals
Texas Laws Governing Hospital Nurse Staffing
Summary of Health Care Workforce Funding from 85th Texas Legislature
Building the health care infrastructure, Houston Medical Journal, Ted Shaw monthly column, March 2016
Summary of GME Funding from 84th Texas Legislature
Workforce 2015: Strategy Trumps Shortage (American Hospital Association)
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)
Jennifer Banda, J.D. 512/465-1046