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Pediatricians Needed in the Heartland



The nation has a growing supply of pediatricians and family physicians, but they are geographically clustered in such a way that nearly 1 million children live in places without access to them.



1 comments on "Pediatricians Needed in the Heartland"
Roger Downey (12/29/2010 at 12:04 PM)

Cora, Typically, when anyone brings up the topic of the distribution of healthcare professionals, it is usually accompanied by some government program that will either encourage or kindly force physicians to live and work in some underserved areas. There will always be physicians, nurses and PAs who will believe it is their life's mission to work in these areas. But a majority would prefer to live where you and I would choose - near relatives, preferred schools, restaurants, theaters, etc. Just because they chose to enter the medical profession should not mean that now they are obligated to live where patients need them. Since life isn't fair, we shouldn't expect patients and providers to be in near perfect balance. The real solution is to bring the physician to the patient via telemedicine. This is more convenient for both and more cost-effective, and if you are concerned about it, telemedicine has a smaller carbon footprint. Instead of wringing our hands and whining about what will we do, what will we do, why not begin telemedicine programs in these underserved areas.