Kentucky Health Affairs Expert Praises Court Decision, but Worries about Doctor Shortage

Jun 28, 2012

The Executive Vice-President of Health Affairs at the University of Louisville is pleased with today's Supreme Court ruling upholding the President's health care law. Dr. David Dunn told WKU Public Radio Americans should be happy that an estimated 32 million people who haven't had health insurance will now be covered.

But, Dr. Dunn also says the law doesn't address the shortage of doctors, nurses, and other physicians who will be needed to treat those new patients.

"If you look at just Kentucky, we probably have a dearth of about 3,000 to 4,000 physicians. And we need to fill those jobs," said Dunn.

He predicts between 300,000 and 400,000 Kentuckians who will now have access to healthcare won't be able to find primary physicians.

Dr. Dunn believes increased funding for expanded residency programs at medical schools would greatly alleviate the problem.