The Healthcare Financial Management Association published a blog by L.A. Care CEO John Baackes, entitled "Confronting the Physician Shortage Head-On: A Health Plan Takes Action". The piece talks about the serious nationwide physician shortage that poses a risk to the health of the population.
California, the most populous state in the country, is especially vulnerable when it comes to the physician shortage crisis. This shortage could force people to forgo needed care, or it could push them into emergency rooms for minor ailments.
To ensure our members will never struggle to see a primary care physician, the L.A. Care Board of Governors earlier this year allocated $31 million of unassigned reserves to launch Elevating the Safety Net, an ambitious, long-term initiative starting with three grant programs to address this looming crisis.
CEO, L.A. Care
One program will provide grants to safety net clinics and private practices for salary subsidies, sign-on bonuses and/or relocation costs for physicians who are recruited to work in the safety net for the first time. A second supports medical school loan repayment for those new physician recruits. The third program in the initiative is a medical school scholarship program.
Learn more about L.A. Care's Elevating the Safety Net initiative.
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L.A. Care Health Plan serves more than 2.2 million members in Los Angeles County, making it the largest publicly-operated health plan in the country. L.A. Care offers four health coverage plans including Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Covered™, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and the PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan, all dedicated to being accountable and responsive to members. As a public entity, L.A. Care’s mission is to provide access to quality health care for L.A. County's vulnerable and low-income communities, and to support the safety net required to achieve that purpose. L.A. Care prioritizes quality, access and inclusion, elevating health care for all of L.A. County. For more information, visit lacare.org or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram.