rural doctor shortage http://kbia.org en Rural Reads: On osteopathic physicians and access to insurance http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-osteopathic-physicians-and-access-insurance <p></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every Friday, </span>KBIA’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural health, wealth and society issues.</span></em></p><p><strong>Osteopathic Physicians: An Answer To Rural Health Care Needs? </strong></p><p>It’s no secret the <a href="http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/12/20/where-have-all-the-primary-care-doctors-gone/">U.S. is facing a shortage of primary care physician</a>s – especially in rural areas,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">which is home to some 20 percent of all Americans, but only has 9 percent of all physicians</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Compared to specialized medicine such as surgery and cardiology, primary care does not pay as well – and the average student loan debt for med school graduates is $161,290. Only about 24 percent of MD graduates lean to primary care. That’s not the case with recent osteopathic medicine graduates, though. &nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 23:02:34 +0000 Harum Helmy 30507 at http://kbia.org Rural Reads: On rural definitions and rural doctor shortage http://kbia.org/post/rural-reads-rural-definitions-and-rural-doctor-shortage <p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">With the Rural Reads series, we’re trying something new. Every Friday, KBIA’s Health and Wealth Desk curates the week’s most interesting (or so we think) articles and reports on rural issues.</em></p><p><strong>What’s in a definition? The eligibility for federal grants</strong></p><p>In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released <a href="http://agriculture.house.gov/sites/republicans.agriculture.house.gov/files/pdf/reports/USDARuralDefinitionReport.pdf">a report</a> that recommends defining ‘rural’ as areas with 50,000 or fewer residents - a number that's getting some strong reactions. The rural definition&nbsp;determines eligibility for USDA’s rural grants and programs.&nbsp;</p><p>The excellent online news service <a href="http://www.dailyyonder.com">The Daily Yonder</a> is publishing a series of opinion pieces in response to USDA’s newest recommendation. Last week, Aletta Botts, a legislative staffer who helped draft the 2008 Farm Bill, <a href="http://www.dailyyonder.com/rural-definition-would-hurt-small-towns/2013/02/28/5683">wrote</a> that the 50,000 size limit is too large and would hurt smaller communities that can’t compete with larger towns to win federal grants. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 19:33:54 +0000 Harum Helmy 30126 at http://kbia.org New program eases debt for rural medical students http://kbia.org/post/new-program-eases-debt-rural-medical-students <p>The average medical school student graduates with close to $160,000 in debt.&nbsp;That heavy burden is one reason why there is a long-running shortage of primary care doctors in rural America. More and more graduating students choose higher-paying specialties over rural primary care. In this weekly update, a new pilot program helps medical students pay off loans as soon as they start residency, so it&#39;s easier to choose a lower-paying, but possibly more fulfilling career path.</p><p> Wed, 22 Feb 2012 13:46:16 +0000 Jacob Fenston 9242 at http://kbia.org New program eases debt for rural medical students