(IRVING, Texas) -- As a shortage of doctors ensues in the U.S., more and more hospitals and medical groups are resorting to hiring temporary physicians to fill in the gaps, according to a new survey released Wednesday.
The survey, conducted by the temporary physician staffing firm Staff Care, polled various facilities and found that 85 percent of them had used the part-time doctors sometime in the past 12 months. This new average is an increase from the previous year, when the average was 72 percent.
Of those surveyed, 63 percent noted that the top reason for using temporary physicians was to have someone fill in until the facility could find a permanent doctor.
"There are simply too few physicians to fill all the available vacancies today," said Tim Boes, president of Staff Care. "Temporary doctors are providing critical, interim patient care services for many healthcare facilities until they can find the full-time physicians they need."
The survey also found that psychiatrists and other behavioral health specialists were the most demanded temporary doctors.
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