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Treating Rural America: The last doctor in town

Posted on AllSides September 25th, 2023
From The Center

With physicians experiencing high turnover and burnout during Covid-19 pandemic and rural hospitals closing, the shortage of doctors in rural America keeps getting worse. In 2023, 65% of rural areas had a shortage of primary care physicians, according to a report published by the Health Resources and Services Administration. More than 15% of Americans — about 46 million — live in rural areas, but only 10% of doctors practice in these communities, many of whom are primary care and family physicians.

That mismatch forces every rural doctor to tackle all sorts of cases and...

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