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With workforce shrinking as baby boomers retire, medical providers find ways to fill the gaps

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With workforce shrinking as baby boomers retire, medical providers find ways to fill the gaps

As more baby boomers retire, a shortage of health care providers is expected to get even worse, especially in rural areas. According to a new report out by the Wisconsin Hospital Association, aging will force more people out of the profession while increasing the demand for providers.

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With workforce shrinking as baby boomers retire, medical providers find ways to fill the gaps

And i'm mike thompson.

As more baby boomers retire.... a shortage of health care providers is expected to get even worse especially in rural areas.

According to a new report out by the wisconsin hospital association... aging will force more people out of the profession... while increasing the demand for providers.

News 8's mal meyer joins us to explain how area medical centers are addressing this issue.

Mike and martha- this is not a new problem... especially in wisconsin.... where family practicioners... psychiatrists and ob/gyn care are facing some of the worst shortages.

But this report from the w-h-a gives medical providers a better picture of the impact of the shortages... and recommendation s to meet these needs before the issues get far worse.

One of the major takeaways from the wisconsin 2019 heath care workforce report is how the state's population is aging.

Mayo: "indidivuals have more illnesses and medical conditions so their care becomes more complex.

And that has implications for health systems."

But while there will be more demand, there may be fewer health care providers to take care of them as babyboomers in the medical field retire themselves and need their own care.

The report estimates nationally 70,000 rn's alone will retire annually... with the impact of this felt for the next decade or more.

Gundersen: " we have been focusing on it and trying to figure out ways that we can improve our ability to meet the demands in the future."

Mayo: "the workforce is shrinking and we're competing with other industries.

So we're trying to attract individuals to think about careers in health care."

Both gundersen and mayo clinic health systems have multiple programs, like their family medicine residencies, to get people interested.

Gundersen: "we know that if we educate them here, they are more likely to stay.

And we have a lot of programs that work on that."

And to fill the need, they're embracing alternative ways to get people the health care they need.

Which won't just help with a rapidly retiring workforce, but providing economic and convenient care.

Gundersen: "everyone deserves excellent care and we can deliver excellent care through technology, telehealth being one of those and other virtual care opportunities."

While the gap between the number of jobs available and the amount of people filling those positions continues to grow, there is some good news.

Mayo: "if you're a student or somebody thinking about health care as a career, there's a lot of opportunities."

Some efforts do seem to be working.

Programs like warm... the wisconsin academy of rural medicine says that 91 percent of graduates go on to practice in wisconsin.

This is one of the focus areas that the w-h-a has identified to get people interested in medicine here in the state.

There are a number of ways that providers could try to keep baby boomers in the workforce longer.

The wisconsin hospital association says employers will need to consider decreasing hours and the number of workdays, changing these employees' responsibilities or

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