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UH: Hawaii Physician Shortage Could Grow from 600 to 1600
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 5810 Views :: Energy, Environment

From UH Burns School of Medicine

Hawaii/Pacific Basin AHEC completes initial physician workforce assessment.

The Hawaii/Pacific Basin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has established a database of actively practicing non-military physicians in Hawaii. Hawaii is approximately 600 physicians short of what a similar community has on the mainland, and this could grow to 1,600 in 10 years.

Island Supply Demand Shortage
Hawai'i 313 487 174
Kaua‘i 136 183 47
Lāna‘i 0.4 5 4.6
Maui 268 375 107
Moloka‘i 11 16 5
O'ahu 2130 2461 331
Total 2858 3527 669


Estimated shortages of primary care physician assistants and nurse practitioners add to the shortage of care providers.

PDF: 2011 Workforce Report

VIDEO: Physician Workforce Report (2012 Report still in progress as Physicians renew their licenses)

KITV: Study Shows Hawaii's Physician Shortage Will Double by 2020

SA: While Cutting Services, Hawaii fails to reap up to $80M in federal Medicaid money


  • Hawaii Co: 64.3% of demand
  • Kauai Co: 74.3% of demand
  • Lanai: 8% of demand
  • Molokai: 68.8% of demand
  • Maui: 71.5% of demand
  • Oahu: 86.6% of demand

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