A physician shortage is looming in Florida. And this may mean more opportunities for people who would like to become doctors in Florida or who would like to practice medicine in the Sunshine State. Florida Governor Rick Scott want to expand Medicaid to cover individuals and families who are are 138 percent of the poverty line. This will mean more than one million people will have health insurance and will want to see doctors.
And this means a need for more doctors. At this time, Florida has 44,804 doctors although 5,600 physicians are expected to retire in the next five years. Florida has opened three new medical schools and Scott's budget calls for $80 million to fund training for 700 new residents a year, according to an article by Kathleen Haughney in the February 23 Sun-Sentinel.
"I am glad there will be more training opportunities for doctors. I have always wanted to be a doctor and the fact that there is a greater need for doctors in Florida encourages me," said Tyler Holmes, a Miami resident who is in the process of applying to medical school.