Terms: primary health professional shortage area – phpsa
The federaldesignation (formerly Health Manpower Shortage Areas) identifies areas as having a shortage of health care providers on the basis of availability of primary care physicians. To qualify for designation as a , an area must be:
- A rational service area, [the Federal Shortage Designation Branch recognizes Medical Service Study Areas in California as rational service areas.
- Population to primary care physician ratio:
- 3,500:1 or
- 3,000:1 plus population features demonstrating "unusually high need".
- A lack of access to health care in surrounding areas because of excessive distance, over-utilization, or access barriers.
Source and for further information: California Healthcare Workforce Catalog http://gis.ca.gov/catalog/BrowseRecord.epl?id=23751