Alaska's shortage of doctors a growing problem

Full story: Alaska Journal of Commerce

Alaska's health care system is nearing a crisis stage, with rising costs, lower reimbursement rates, a shortage of doctors and few methods to entice caregivers to work in the state, doctors and health care ...
1 - 8 of 8 Comments Last updated Jan 16, 2008

Finchville, KY

#1 Feb 26, 2007
Hi My name is Mikyla Stewart and i am doing a report for my civics class on alaska. And if some of you alaska natives would e-mail me and tell about what is going on in your state. I would like to know about the things that are going on in your state as far as medical,political.
Please e-mail me if you are interrested.
My e-mail adress is

United States

#2 Feb 26, 2007
There is literally tons of stuff going on sweetie. lol.

Global warming is a big one. Then there is the oil industry, the push for certifying Dental providers, and the usual Native rights tyes of things. I would do a search in the "news" (googl has a okay thing) and type in some of the towns or villages you are interested in . Natives live mostly in the smaller villages..not the big cities.
joyce palacios

Atlanta, GA

#3 Mar 7, 2007
no one responds to nursing applications and resumes.
joyce palacios

Atlanta, GA

#4 Mar 7, 2007
i am a nurse and would love to work in bethel,ak.
Lou Fillman

Baton Rouge, LA

#5 Aug 26, 2007
What opportunities currently exist in Alaska for experienced PA's?
Lou Fillman PA-C
Nevada Pete

United States

#6 Aug 26, 2007
Cost of living kills anyone trying to move to AK.

Petersburg, AK

#7 Jan 3, 2008
Its not just a lack of doctors, Alaska seems to attract mediocre, lazy, stupid, bottom-of-the-class doctors who only come here to practice medicine as a necessity to pay for their hobby of fishing and/or hunting (losers).

There are a few good ones out there, but I have had my fill of weak medical care and am moving elsewhere to find better medical help.
well done

United States

#8 Jan 16, 2008
You think there's a shortage now, wait until you get government health care.

Who's going to put all the time, money and effort to become a doctor then?

If you want to be a bureaucrat, it is much easier to become a senator or representitive. You only have to work and term or two - and the retirement is awesome.

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