Addressing Colorado's Primary Care Provider Shortage

Addressing Colorado's Primary Care Provider Shortage

The Colorado Health Professions Workforce Policy Collaborative, which is made up of thirty regional organizations and is funded by the Colorado Trust, has issued a report aimed at informing policy makers, healthcare professionals, workforce experts, educators, and the general public about the primary care provider shortage in the state. The report, Addressing Colorado's Primary Care Provider Shortage (23 pages, PDF), cites data from the Colorado Health Institute, which found that by 2025 the state will need an additional 2,200 primary care providers beyond the anticipated supply. Without such an expansion of its primary care provider workforce, the state will suffer adverse effects in local economies as well as in the overall health of its residents and their access to health care. In the short term, the report recommends a number of immediate policy interventions, including adequate reimbursement for primary care providers, increased public funding for health profession education programs, and policies designed to increase the number of clinical experiences and residencies.