By Brent BankoskyAs of 2015, the number of doctors available across the nation will be more than sixty-two thousand less than needed. This impending problem, health experts say, stems from the expansion of health insurance coverage, growth of population, and aging of population.
According to an article published by the New York Times, a shortage of doctors is quickly approaching our nation. This foreseen endemic is already plaguing certain areas, such as the Mississippi Delta, Detroit, Michigan, and the suburbs of Phoenix. Though healthcare insurance coverage is reaching greater numbers of people, this coverage does not translate directly into receiving healthcare services.
Health experts do not foresee any plausible means of rectifying the situation. By 2014, healthcare laws will extend to cover three hundred thousand more people, but the absence in numbers of doctors will be prevalent in all medical fields except plastic surgeons and dermatologists. Within the next decade, it is expected the U.S. will be short five thousand physicians. Overall, the country will be sixty-two thousand doctors below what is needed by patients in need of medical care.
According to experts, this epidemic is an “invisible problem”; patients will still be able to receive care, but obtaining an appointment will be arduous. Additionally, the distance to the closest doctor may be great, waiting lists will reach incredible lengths, and emergency rooms will become bombarded with minor cases versus actual emergencies.
Luckily for everyone, Gregory J. Truitt has found the means to help rectify this situation. Truitt works as Vice President of Business Developments for 1-800-DOCTORS, a free service that connects patients to trustworthy doctors and allows a patient to find a specialist that is covered by his or her insurance policy. Finding a reputable doctor is no longer a problem, as Truitt’s network does the work of finding the right fit, all the while keeping the patient informed up front.
Dissatisfaction with a current doctor, moving to a new area, or adopting a new insurance plan is much less stressful with 1-800-DOCTORS. Truitt’s phone service is reputable in that it markets the unique aspects of a practice or hospital, and in turn connects patients who seek specific services with a promising fit.
This service shows promise in the coming years. 1-800-DOCTORS is a “vanity number”, one that is easy to remember without the need to consult a resource to reach it. This one-stop-shop may provide solace and prove valuable; hospitals and patients already using the service attribute the memorable digits to garnered success from use.
Gregory J. Truitt of Medford, Jew Jersey, is the ultimate example of a business professional within the medical realm. Instead of practicing medicine through the form of a doctor, nurse, or EMT, Truitt thought outside the box. His efforts have advanced healthcare through developmental initiatives, helping patients find the best care available. He currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for 1-800-DOCTORS.