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Idaho Doctor Shortage Critical

It’s official: Idaho is the riskiest place in America to get sick. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Gem State has the lowest number of active physicians per 10,000 population in America. So if you have a doctor, hang on to him or her for dear life. According to the American Medical Association, 40 percent of Idaho physicians are 55 or older and 21 percent are past retirement age. The Gem State has the sixth-oldest doctor workforce in America. And because of what are likely to be long-term decreases in the amount compensation the federal government pays for Medicare patients, that number is likely to slide further, dramatically and soon/Twin Falls Times-News. More here. (AP file photo for illustrative purposes.)

Question: How long have you and your family been going to your current family physician? Are you satisfied with the level of care?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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