California Report on Healthcare and Workers

Topics: Data and Outcomes,

“A coalition of health, labor and education leaders released a report citing a dearth of health care workers in many regions of the state and recommended spending up to $3 billion over 10 years to address the shortfall. It is not clear where that money would come from, though the report cited several possible sources.  The proposals of the group, the California Future Health Workforce Commission, include: creating more primary care and psychiatric residency slots; increasing the use of nurse practitioners; boosting scholarships for low-income students who agree to work in underserved areas; and expanding the supply — and training — of home care workers.  The commission also recommended building a more culturally and linguistically diverse pool of health care professionals to better match California’s demographics.”