Nebraska and Panhandle facing shortage of doctors - KOTA Territory News

Nebraska and Panhandle facing shortage of doctors

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Studies show Nebraska needs more doctors, especially in rural communities.

And President of the Regional West Physicians Clinic David Holt says that trend is happening here.

He says many of the "baby boomers" are starting to retire, creating an immediate need.

Holt says rural areas such as Scottsbluff have been hit hard because a greater percentage of the residents are elderly and therefore need more care.

"As you age you need medical services more, but you're also a little less willing to get in the car and drive 3 or 4 hours which might be the nearest place to receive some specialty care otherwise," says Holt. 

Holt says a key component to attracting more doctors, is to sell the doctors and their families on the region.

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