Medical Executive Says Texas Needs 150,000 New Doctors

AUSTIN (AP) – A medical executive predicts Texas will need up to 1 million more nurses and 150,000 additional doctors in the next 15 years.

Arthur Garson Jr., who’s senior vice president at the University of Texas Health Science Center, on Monday cited the anticipated health needs of the state’s growing, aging population.

Garson took part in an Austin conference hosted by the University of Texas System.

He suggested that Texas medical schools would need to double their output over the next four years. He estimates that nursing schools would need to double their output over the next 14 years.

The Austin American-Statesman reports Texas had 188 physicians per 100,000 residents in 1990. By last year that number grew to 200 doctors per 100,000 residents.

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One Comment

  1. FedUpTxn says:

    These new medical personnel will be needed to treat the millions invading us from the south that expect their medical care for FREE while American tax-payers are left with the debt and get NOTHING!

  2. Patty says:

    I’m a nurse and the nursing schools I have been associated with try to kick you out before you finish the program. From what I can see from experience and from other nurseing students, they try to get the tuttion twice and not teach you what you need to know to take care of your patients. I dont see Texas making this quota of nurses.

  3. cher7 says:

    They are not trying to get double the tuition, they are weeding you out. That’s been going on for decades in the medical profession. The strongest survive. I’ve been a nurse for 13 years and quite frankly, hospitals aren’t hiring anymore. Most are paying thousands of dollars for company audits to find ways to lower the staffing because they won’t be able to make payroll with the anticipated mess of the healthcare reform in the next couple of years. It’s a catch 22 joke. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Doctors are taking early retirement or leaving the profession and nurses just won’t work 12-15 hour shifts without incentive of better pay. It’s physically exhausting beyond normal stress and massively demanding on family life. You go days without seeing your family till your days off, then you are too tired to be productive. Administrations so far removed from the patient are putting demands of policies on the staff that make patient care ineffective with the approach that their system promotes patient safety, when in reality it’s another added piece of busy work that removes the nurse from interacting and caring for the patient even more. There is no longer autonomy in the field, it’s being ran by burocrats who have never worked at the patient’s bedside and don’t realize that a nurses’ first priority is patient advocacy. This isn’t just a Texas problem. Welcome to socialized healthcare. Enjoy.

  4. Oscar says:

    i think this is no joke. With the health care reform the numbers might be even much higher

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