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Has Idaho’s Doctor Shortage Affected You?

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A 2011 study by the Association of American Medical Colleges ranks Idaho second to last when it comes to the number of physicians per capita.  By this measure, Idaho is short on doctors.

According to the report, there are 2,873 active physicians in Idaho.  That’s 184 doctors for every 100,000 people.  The only state with fewer doctors per 100,000 people is Mississippi.

Over the coming months, StateImpact will explore how we got here, and if the numbers are as dire as they seem.  But we need your help.  Have you had a hard time getting a doctor’s appointment?  Do you know someone who has?  We’d like to hear your stories.  Send an email to with the subject line Doctor Shortage and we’ll be in touch.


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