Place and Population Matter in General Surgeon Location and Practice Structure

Authors: Thomas Ricketts, PhD, MPH

Topics: Staffing, Workforce Demand

Research Center: Carolina Health Workforce Research Center

April 29, 2021

Clinical setting and geographic location effects access to surgical services and potentially the quality of care. Through examining the distribution of general surgeons across billing entities and within hospital referral regions (HRRs), a trend towards practice in larger medical organizations from traditional hospital settings is emerging.

This article reviews how population changes over time in different geographical regions have impacted the market structure and availability of general surgeons in the United States.

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