New HPSA Shortage Areas Announced

Posted on: November 4th, 2011
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The Health Resources and Services Administration has updated its list of Health Professional Shortage Areas. That list is critical for determining if doctors can qualify for J-1 waivers and national interest-based green cards. The quick summary:

As of October 19, 2011, there are:

  • 6,422 Primary Care HPSAs with 66.8 million people living in them. It would take 17,803 practitioners to meet their need for primary care providers (a population to practitioner ratio of 2,000:1).
  • 4,677 Dental HPSAs with 52.5 million people living in them. It would take 10,279 practitioners to meet their need for dental providers (a population to practitioner ratio of 3,000:1).
  • 3,803 Mental Health HPSAs with 95.3 million people living in them. It would take 6,264 practitioners to meet their need for mental health providers (a population to practitioner ratio of 10,000:1).