Health & Science

Report: Texas Needs More Doctors To Meet Demand For Healthcare

Report by the Code Red Task Force looks at the access to health care in the state of Texas.

Texas is facing a shortage of medical professionals. That’s according to Code Red, a task force that reports on healthcare in the state. 

Low-income areas are the hardest-hit by the lack of doctors. Rice University Professor Steve Murdock chairs the Code Red task force. He says one solution is to give medical students more opportunities to complete their residencies within the state.

“We actually produce more people who take residencies out of Texas than in Texas,” Murdock says. “Where you take your residency is a big factor in where you tend to practice.”  

Twenty-five percent of Texans are without health insurance. That’s the highest rate in the nation. Murdock says it’s too soon to tell how the Affordable Care Act will impact enrollment, but legislators will have to find a solution to the growing number of uninsured.

“Texas should look to find a prescription for itself, working with the federal government in designing a program that the federal government will accept and that Texas can accept,” he says.

Murdock says he hopes report will help legislators provide better access to care for all Texans. The state legislature goes into session next week. 


Code Red Report


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