PAs are a crucial part of the solution to healthcare provider shortages.
More than 100 million people in the U.S. live in a Healthcare Provider Shortage Area (HPSA) and do not have sufficient access to primary care.
As of March 31, 2023, 65.86% of Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) were located in rural areas.
And while the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) projects a shortage of physicians between 37,800 and 124,000 by 2034, the PA profession continues to grow.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates PA employment to increase 28% between 2021 and 2031 – much faster than the average for all occupations.
PAs know working on teams with other healthcare professionals delivers the best results for patients.
They are critical members of the modern healthcare team due to their rigorous medical education, depth and breadth of experience, and integrated, collaborative approach. PAs respect the contributions of all healthcare professionals and understand that patients are best served when every member of their healthcare team can practice to the full extent of their education, training, and experience.