‘Doing more with less’ is a familiar refrain among those in the public health field. But for the larger health workforce, the squeeze will be acutely felt in 2014 when 32 million Americans enter the U.S. health system under the Affordable Care Act.
“There is going to be a large surge of patients coming through the pipeline,” Melvin Shipp, OD, DrPH, MPH, president of APHA told Maryland lawmakers during a briefing in the state capital this week. And Shipp said we need to be ready.
That includes expanding the role of non-physician providers and investing in workforce development and training.
Prevention efforts will also expand under the federal health reform law, which means public health and other providers will need to expand their role in offering preventive care.