A study shows that Mohave County would see a significant positive economic impact if a state legislative proposal to combat physician shortages is passed.

Senate Bill 1354, if passed, would enable hospitals to increase the number of physician residents it trains through state funding that was cut more than a decade ago.

The study, prepared by Rounds Consulting Group, Inc., indicates expanding one local hospital’s physician residency program could result in the creation of 203 new jobs, generating $215 million in economic impact over 10 years.

According to Jim Rounds, the consulting firm’s president and chief economist, “The true impact is likely to be even bigger.”

Rounds says the bill would also help alleviate Mohave County’s doctor shortage.

“We have an opportunity to increase the number of physicians in rural parts of the state.”

Mohave County has a severe physician shortage. Sixty-one percent of residents live in a federally designated “health professional shortage area.” And it’s only going to get worse. An analysis conducted by the Robert Graham Center indicates Mohave County will be short 39 primary care physicians in 2030.

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