The number of people age 65 and older are expected to double in Wisconsin by 2030, including health care providers that will be retiring. Wisconsin faces a shortage of physicians over the next 20 years, and WHA’s 2011 Physician Workforce Report included recommendations to establish new State-funded grant initiatives to generate more physicians in Wisconsin as part of a “grow our own” strategy.
WHA developed and successfully garnered bipartisan support for the creation of new grant programs in both 2013 and 2017 that have provided $13 million in State funding for the Graduate Medical Education (GME) Initiative. GME expands rural residencies to create more primary care doctors and psychiatrists for Wisconsin. By 2020, Wisconsin will now have 133 more primary care residents and four new psychiatrists in the pipeline.
Mark Kaufman, MDChief Medical Officer608-274-1820EMAIL: Mark Kaufman, MD
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