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Health Care Workforce

Health care is one of the largest industries in the country, employing a vast number of workers. Still, many communities experience health care workforce shortage problems, with the most severe being in rural health professional shortage areas and medically needy and underserved population groups.

Rural health care workforce shortages carry a negative impact on health care quality, through reduced health care access as well as through increased stress on providers. Shortages not only contribute to higher costs by raising compensation levels to reflect increased demand but also by increasing the use of overtime pay and expensive temporary personnel.

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Funding for this project was supported by Grant Number U56RH05539 from the Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents of this website are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the funder.