Riba in “Michigan is facing a shortage of primary care doctors. Where does that leave patients?”

October 16, 2019 | Lansing State Journal

“… the length of time it takes people to get in to primary care. I think that’s a real issue.”


Melissa Riba


Carol Thompson of the Lansing State Journal notes that according to CHRT Research and Evaluation Director Melissa Riba, “over 80 percent of Michigan’s primary care physicians indicated they could take new patients” and 87 percent of patients “said they could get primary care fairly easily.” However, Thompson notes “physicians might say they can accept new patients, but that doesn’t mean they can accept them soon.”

Riba has heard similar anecdotes of patients who say they struggle to find a doctor to suit their health care needs, and “[W]hatever shortage patients feel now likely will get worse within the decade.,” writes Thompson. The article goos on to point out “In CHRT’s Michigan Physician Survey, about 45 percent of the physicians surveyed indicated they would retire and close their practices within 10 years.”