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Special Communication  |   January 1999
Oklahoma physician needs
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Special Communication   |   January 1999
Oklahoma physician needs
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 1999, Vol. 99, 34-41. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.1.34
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, January 1999, Vol. 99, 34-41. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1999.99.1.34
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Abstract

State policy makers, healthcare professionals, and advocates have been asking various iterations of the question, Do we have too many or too few physicians? In order to address this question, a relative-needs analysis ~as conducted for the state of Oklahoma. Six projection-needs studies were used for comparison with Oklahoma's supply of practicing physicians. This analysis found that Oklahoma did not have a surplus of primary care physicians. While the national average for primary care physicians per 100,000 was 79, Oklahoma's ratio was 68. This analysis also compares not only the number of physicians in Oklahoma per 100,000 population, it also discusses the proportion of primary care physicians in the physician workforce. Primary care physicians were found to be neither oversupplied nor undersupplied in Oklahoma. Oklahoma was found to be closer to national planning model goals than most states in the United States. Because this study combines both allopathic and osteopathic physicians and includes only those physicians in active practice, it is unique in comparison to many other studies concerning physician workforce needs.