Vermont is experiencing a physician shortage in key specialty areas. DVHA has chosen to monitor 5 key groups with dwindling provider counts in order to work with multi agencies to address issue proactively: behavior and mental health and substance abuse providers, cardiologists, dentists, pharmacies, and primary care providers (PCPs).
Cardiology is a complicated field and is influenced by many internal and external factors. This said, there are five megatrends that will have the greatest impact on cardiology supply and demand in Vermont over the next decade. They are:
- Aging and growing population
- Prevalence of chronic diseases
- Changes in cardiology testing & procedure utilization
- Aging cardiology workforce
- Projected primary care shortages
The National Institute of Health suggests due to the nature of cardiology work that the adequate patient to member ratio should be 1 Cardiologist to every 2,000 members in a 60 mile radius. While this may be easier to achieve when a cardiologist is attached to Hospital Referral, regions of Vermont suffer overall from a shortage of specialists, especially in rural areas. Due to the lack of specialists, there is often a long wait time for appointments and many members must drive long distances to see a specialist. Hospitals are actively recruiting for cardiologists, however there isn’t much desire to move to Vermont. VDH and hospitals are working together to enlist these providers.
Last updated: 10/15/2020