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Rural physician shortage

Posted: 12/04/12 08:22

There is a dramatic shortage of primary care physicians in rural Nebraska. The University of Nebraska Medical Center recently conducted a study and found the number of primary care physicians much lower than previously reported by the American Medical Association. Dr. Jim Stimpson is the director of the Center for Health Policy at UNMC and says there are 11 rural counties that currently do not have a primary care physician. if we throw health care reform into the mix the number is even more alarming. Stimpson says there are several things that can be done to recruit doctors to rural areas of the state. The number of rural physicians older than 65 has grown by 78-percent in the past five years as well. The shortage will become more severe as these physicians retire.