How Many More Medical Staff Do We Really Need?


We know there’s a staffing crisis. The question is, how many staff are we short on, and what are the consequences? The issue is – the US health system struggles to meet increasing demands on patient care, and there isn’t the staff to fill them. And the staff that are there are leaving.

Read on to learn about the scale of the US staffing crisis and how many more medical staff we need.

Understanding the Staffing Shortages

Some recent studies have revealed a grim future for healthcare staffing in America. 

According to the American Hospital Association, by 2033, there could be a shortage of as many as 124,000 physicians. Primary care will take the hardest hit, with a shortfall of 17,800 and 48,000 doctors. What’s the current solution arguably saving the system? Physician staffing companies to fill the gap. Still, more must change.

And, not less than two hundred thousand nurses should be employed annually so that healthcare can catch up with demand. On top of this is the dire shortage of home health aids, whose numbers are decreasing fast too. 

The country is faced with a triple threat posed by an aging population: an increase in chronic health conditions and retirements among experienced clinicians.

The Impact on Healthcare Delivery

The deficit of healthcare practitioners, especially primary care ones, poses massive dangers to patient’s quality of care and access to care. 

That means reduced access to essential medical services for patients in rural or underserved areas. Patients located outside urban regions or underprivileged ones would barely have any experience since they can’t meet their requirements based on this given situation. With an insufficient workforce left behind, fatigue follows, making them leave – and so the cycle begins.

Strategic Solutions to Mitigate Shortages

Mitigating this crisis requires various strategies combined. 

Educational institutions need to expand their ability to produce new healthcare professionals by growing their faculty size, enhancing student capacity, and building resources available within them.

And, the health sector can increase staff retention by providing better working conditions, offering pay comparable to other industries, and providing career development opportunities and promising progressions. That’s definitely something we still need to work on.

The current workers’ burden could be eased through the modernization of the healthcare system, with telemedicine designed for more work on such a limited human resource basis.

The Future of Healthcare Staffing

The success of industry interventions and their adaptability to emerging healthcare landscapes will shape tomorrow’s staffing in healthcare. Investments in technology and retraining will also address the shortages in the sector’s requirements. And – efforts to increase diversity may include a wider talent search and flexible employment terms. 

As the healthcare sector changes, it must be imperative that these policies are monitored for effectiveness so they can be amended accordingly to meet medical professional demands.

You have to understand the scale of the problem – in the US and globally, it’s becoming a crisis. Do you think we can produce the numbers we need? Perhaps 2024 will be a deciding year.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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