Local level data needed to understand gaps in services, analyst says.
Supply and demand are out of balance for primary care physicians and behavioral health providers across the United States, according to a new report that analyzed metropolitan areas with at least 200,000 people.
“Quantifying the current state of provider supply at the local level is necessary to understand current and future gaps in supply for both primary care and behavioral health services,” said the report by Sanjula Jain, PhD, Trilliant Health chief research officer.
The national average rate of PCPs is 110 per 100,000 people, in metropolitan areas with populations of at least 200,000 people.
Trilliant Health published a list of 30 metropolitan areas with at least 200,000 people, and here are the top-ranked 15 metropolitan areas for the number of primary care physicians per 100,000 people.