A Democratic state senator from the Inland Empire is hoping to tackle California's physician shortage. Senator Richard Roth of Riverside is introducing Senate Bill 54 that will set aside a one-time payment for the construction of a new facility at the U.C. Riverside School of Medicine.
"We actually about 35 primary care physicians for about 100,000 people in inland Southern California, and it really should be 60 to 80 primary care physicians for about 100,000 people. And the ratio of specialist to population is similarly low," said Senator Roth.
The bill's goal is to train and graduate more healthcare workers for the Inland Empire and California. It would appropriate 80-million-dollars for the construction of a dedicated UCR medical facility and an additional 25-million in operational support.
Senator Roth says California is facing a developing healthcare crisis. "We need more doctors if we're going enroll people in Covered California and promise them insurance," added Roth. "We need to provide physicians to treat them."
He is happy that Governor Gavin Newsom plans to heavily invest in the state's healthcare system.