Physician supply in Georgia must be considered an urgent issue. Several important points must be recognized and addressed. The lowest physicians rates are in the more rural county population groupings. The only county population grouping with a surplus of physicians is in the over 150,000 population. The majority of physicians are concentrated in the metropolitan counties. Sixteen percent of all physicians practice in the 134 counties having less than 50,000 population. The majority of physicians are in primary care specialties. Family practice is the most dominant specialty in rural areas. By the year 2000, Georgia can expect to add 5,600 physicians due to growth. By the year 2000, Georgia can expect to lose 2,600 physicians due to retirement. Family practitioners are the most uniformly distributed of the specialties examined. They are also the specialty most needed. The average age of Georgia physicians is 46. General surgeons are in the oldest average age group (50), whereas internists are in the youngest (44). Older physicians are concentrated in the more rural areas. A significant number of all physicians are over age 55. The majority of these will be retired by the year 2000. Physicians over age 65 represent 9.2% of all physicians from the survey. In Georgia, 13.6% of all physicians were Foreign Medical School Graduates. They tend to locate their practices in medically underserved areas. The specialty choices most frequently favored by FMGs are: pediatrics, internal medicine, family practice, and obstetrics/gynecology. A total of 71.2% of all physicians accept Medicare patients; 83.8% accept Medicare patients. Ninety-two percent of all obstetricians accept obstetric patients, but this participation is threatened by problems with malpractice insurance.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Journal of the Medical Association of Georgia|
|State||Published - Aug 1 1989|
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