Lack of doctors worry counties - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/7/09

Lack of doctors worry counties

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -There is concern across the state as a shortage of primary care physicians in Texas is expected to worsen. One hundred and fourteen of the 254 counties have been designated by the federal government as primary care shortage areas.  Lubbock County has a partial shortage of medical care because we have less than one primary care doctor per 3,500 people in one or more parts of the county.  

There are 27 counties that have no doctor at all, including nearby Motley County.   Some patients must drive one or two counties away for even the most routine health care.  Other areas that are short on medical care include Amarillo, El Paso, Austin Dallas, Fort Worth and many more.

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