Physicians Group: Rural Areas Facing ...

Physicians Group: Rural Areas Facing Critical Doctor Shortage

There are 8 comments on the News on 6 Tulsa story from May 5, 2010, titled Physicians Group: Rural Areas Facing Critical Doctor Shortage. In it, News on 6 Tulsa reports that:

An Oklahoma physicians group wants state lawmakers to pass a measure that would encourage doctors to practice in small towns and rural areas across our state.

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#1 May 5, 2010
Wonderful idea. We need to get back to general practitioners.

Tulsa, OK

#2 May 6, 2010
If you think there is a shortage now, wait for Obamacare to kick in.
Brad K

Ponca City, OK

#3 May 6, 2010
This one is easy. Cancel the AMA ability to restrict enrollment into medical school. Simplify licensing new medical schools. Require all prospective doctors of every discipline to serve in family practice as intern, then as practitioner for three years, two years if served wholly in an underserved area, before being allowed to train in a specialty.
Patty S

Collinsville, OK

#4 May 6, 2010
I think enticing a physician to go to a rural area is a good idea. Rural physicians sacrifice when they choose a rural area and a financial reward would be deserving. Many people don't want to make that sacrifice. Rural area physicians have a different practice than city physicians. Their hours of service in a day is often longer and they take their own after hours call. I believe there is a stronger patient-doctor bond or trust. I believe forcing someone to go to a rural area would take away from the beauty and dedication of being a long time rural family physician.

Inola, OK

#5 May 6, 2010
The tough job is going to be convincing the young people now that it is worth the effort to become a doctor in the first place.

Rising tuition costs and Obama Care will make that a hard sell. Except for the people who come here from foreign countries who get their tuition paid for them.
Wild Bill

Norman, OK

#6 May 6, 2010
Just bring in some foriener Dr.s they work for less and are glad to have your business. american Drs just want to make money,
Give Me a Break

Edmond, OK

#7 May 6, 2010
So where is the money going to come from to pay the young doctor to practice in the rural areas?
From the State or Federal level. The State is broke & the Federal has our budge so far in the hole the tax payers will never see day light.
Wild Bill

Norman, OK

#8 May 6, 2010
The problem with Drs starts with culture , most young American Drs come from afluent familys, expecting to make the bucks, forien Drs come from crap hole familys and expect what they can earn, thats how you will get Dr.s in rural areas

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