Report: Idaho's Doctors Most Overworked in US

Idaho's Doctors are the Most Overworked in the United States

A new report - "Most Overworked Nurses and Physicians in America" - released on August 29 by Medicare Health Plans concludes Idaho has the most overworked physicians in the country. The reason? Idaho has the worst physician shortage, with an average of 1.7 doctors for every 1,000 residents.

This problem is particularly troubling in rural areas of Idaho where it's more difficult for patients to get in and see a doctor. Moreover, physicians in rural areas have more responsibility, must practice a wider spectrum of medicine and often face higher expectations.

Idaho established the Rural Physician Incentive Program to attract doctors to Idaho and offers up to $100,000 toward student loan payments over a 4-year period. 

The Family Medicine Residency of Idaho, the state's only Teaching Health Center, operates a residency program aimed at training - and keeping - doctors in Idaho. 

Read the full article in - 9/26/17

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