New report reveals alarming shortage of country doctors
This is from the UK, and says that hospitals are not able to recruit attendings in rural areas, coastal areas (unlike the US the coasts are the deprived neglected areas) and post industrial towns and cities.
Although I don't want to go into any 'middle grade' discussion it was interesting that the US seems to have similar issues.
In the UK in a rural area you would usually have a GP in a village, so maybe half an hours drive, and a hospital in the town which won't have all the specialities but do the basic medical and surgical stuff, with an ED. The hospital might be up to an hour away, typically. But people want to work in larger cities.
In the US or Oz, much bigger countries, I guess a shortage of rural docs has more impact.
How many hours drive to see a doctor elsewhere? Is it like 3 hours in rural US? (Based on my watching of Fargo…)
I understand the US and Oz has extra money for rural docs, maybe we need that.
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