Mahoning Valley faces critical shortage of doctors

Mahoning Valley faces critical shortage of doctors

By Burton Speakman

bspeakman@vindy.com

youngstown

The shortage of primary- care physicians is forecast to worsen when more than an estimated 30 million people gain insurance by 2014 through the Affordable Care Act.

Ohio is expected to have a shortage of 5,031 primary care physicians by 2020 no matter what happens with the ACA, said Megan Smith, director of communications for the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians.

Because of the number of low-income people in the Mahoning Valley, the federal law commonly referred to as “Obamacare” will have a larger impact locally, said Rudolph Krafft, program director of the family medical residency program at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Youngstown.

“A large number of the people that we treat are uninsured or underinsured,” he said.

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.

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