Report addresses statewide physician shortage, shows growth
Demand for physicians in Nevada exceeds the current supply, with Nevada ranking No. 47 nationally for active physicians per 100,000 population. However a new report on the state’s licensed physician workforce shows promising data, with the number of licensed physicians in the state increasing over a decade (2005 to 2015).
“Data from this report documents steady growth in the number of physicians in Nevada across most specialties over the past 10 years,” said lead author Tabor Griswold, Ph.D., health services research analyst for the Office of Statewide Initiatives. She cautions that “these gains have not kept pace with the state’s rapid population growth in a number of specialty areas, including family medicine, obstetrics/gynecology and psychiatry.”
Highlights of the new “Physician Workforce in Nevada” report include:
- The total number of licensed physicians in Nevada increased from 5,640 in 2005 to 7,429 in 2015 – an 31.7% increase.
- Over the decade, the number of physicians in almost every specialty area increased, including primary care, surgery and behavioral health.
- Nevada has a strong record of retaining physicians who are educated and trained in the state. Nevada ranked No. 9 among U.S. states.