Address Impending Physician Shortage

by RaeAnne Marsh

find_doctorHealth eCareers’ new 2015 Healthcare Recruiting Trends Survey found the demand for healthcare services is predicted to swell over the next 10 years, while the supply of healthcare providers is unlikely to keep up with this increased demand.

Tips from Bryan Bassett, managing director of Health eCareers, and Barkley Davis, senior director of physician recruitment at LifePoint Hospitals, to healthcare employers and recruiters to address the physician shortage without shorting the bottom line with expensive physician incentives include: Anticipate shortage cycles, and make succession plans now. Look for financial incentives beyond just salary, and consider that today’s providers also care about work-life balance. And consider the trend of hiring highly qualified non-physician providers, such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants, who can take on much of the workload.

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