Procurement of Air Force Physicians

Scholarship or Direct Recruiting?

by Susan D. Hosek

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This study evaluates direct physician recruiting in light of recent trends in civilian physician incomes and other market indicators, compares the cost savings to the Air Force of direct recruiting over the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (AFHPSP), and reviews general supply trends in the U.S. physician market. Despite military physician pay increases and an increasingly competitive civilian market, the volunteers continue to be a heterogeneous group. The AFHPSP program represents a more stable procurement source than direct recruiting in both numbers and composition, but it is also more expensive. The comparison made in this Note of the cost-effectiveness of the AFHPSP and volunteer programs must remain tentative without further information.

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