Belcourt, Roger

Roger Belcourt, MD, MPH, is Board President of the Western Occupational and Environmental Medical Association.

California’s Injured Workers Deserve The Right Care at The Right Time

By Roger Belcourt, MD, MPH

When workers get injured on the job in California, the first health care provider they see is a primary care physician.

Or, we should say, the first person they try to see is a primary care physician.

The crisis in primary care is extreme: fewer and fewer doctors are choosing to become primary care physicians, creating a shortage that may become even more extreme as more people become eligible for health care coverage under President Obama’s landmark health care program.

By some estimates, the national shortage of primary care providers will grow to beyond 40,000 to 50,000 in the next decade.