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Rural America Has Too Few Dentists — and Too Few Patients Who Can Pay
Jun 7, 2018 - Discusses oral health needs and disparities in rural America, focusing on a rural town in West Virginia. Although things like workforce shortages and preventive services either being reimbursed at low rates or not being covered at all by Medicaid or Medicare can contribute to the problem, this also touches on the economic realities of rural America and how difficult it can be to afford care even when it is accessible. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The Washington Post
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This County Has Only 1 Doctor. When He Retires, Who Will Replace Him?
May 29, 2018 - Details a rural Idaho county with only one doctor, and concern over how this county and many others like it will replace their physicians when they retire. Idaho is ranked 49th in the nation for the number of physicians per capita. Explores efforts within the state to improve these numbers.
Source: The Olympian
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UAB, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama Announce Plan to Tackle State’s Rural Physician Shortage
May 16, 2018 - Details a program created by the University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Medicine and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama aimed at increasing the number of rural physicians practicing in the state. The program will provide a scholarship to 12 third- and fourth-year students each year for five years. These students will be required to practice in the counties where they are placed for three years following their residencies.
Source: UAB News
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