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My turn: Here’s how to avert California’s next health care crisis

California has never been shy about taking bold steps to tackle the most pressing issues affecting our nearly 40 million residents—from efforts protecting and expanding health care coverage to paving the way for more affordable health services.

Now we must turn our attention to the next big health care challenge: a growing shortage of workers who provide care for Californians. This is the aim of the California Future Health Workforce Commission, which has released recommendations for closing the state’s health workforce gap by 2030.

Over the next decade, California will face a shortfall of 4,100 primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, the commission found. A public health crisis of this magnitude will strain our families, health care systems, and economy.