UNMC study shows shortage of primary care physicians

A new study by the University of Nebraska Medical Center indicates Nebraska needs far more primary care physicians, especially in the rural areas of the state like the panhandle.

Dr. Jim Stimpson, Director of the Center for Health Policy in the UNMC College of Public Health, told KNEB News the number of primary care physicians in the state is thirty percent lower than previously reported by flawed statistics provided by the American Medical Association. Stimpson says the data provided by the Health Profession Tracking Service shows 11 of the state's 93 counties don't have a primary care physician and many counties share a physician with adjacent counties

Stimpson says the tracking service data showed there are 63 primary care physicians for 100,000 residents in the state compared to the AMA's figure of 84. Stimpson says there are currently 1,400 primary care physicians in the state and it is anticipated the state will need 275 more resulting from health care reform in 2014.

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