Hospital physicians in high demand

December 18, 2009

A survey of hospital chief executive officers showed that 95 percent report a shortage of physicians in the U.S.

In a survey of 285 hospital chief executive officers, 95 percent report there is a shortage of physicians in the U.S. and 91 percent believe there is a shortage of nurses, according to national staffing company AMN Healthcare.

Despite the economic downturn increasing physician retention, more than 24 percent of hospital CEOs report the economy had caused them to increase physician recruiting efforts over the last six months, while 64 percent said recruiting efforts over the last six months had not changed.

"While the short-term economic environment may have temporarily eased the ability to recruit and retain clinical staff, the long-term dynamics of an aging population will drive the need for thousands of additional healthcare professionals," says Susan Nowakowski, president of AMN Healthcare.