Doctor shortage a ‘crisis’ in Wash. (#ahcj09)

Marc Ramirez of The Seattle Times writes about Health Journalism 2009, focusing on a panel about medically underserved areas.

He reports that Even as the population of older people and ethnic minorities continues to grow in those communities, the shortage is worsening as many current rural doctors reach retirement age and fewer available candidates emerge from U.S. medical schools.”

“It’s a crisis, there’s no question about it,” said Anita Monoian, chairwoman of the National Association of Community Health Centers.

Read Ramirez’ article.

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