KMA unveils plan to overcome doctor shortage
By Laura Ungar
The Kentucky Medical Association today unveiled plans to work with legislators to ease the stateâ€™s doctor shortage and widen access to health care across the state.
A study last year by the Kentucky Institute of Medicine showed the state needs almost 2,300 doctors to meet national standards.
â€œWeâ€™ve recognized for years that weâ€™ve got a problem in Kentucky, and the Institute of Medicine study confirmed what we were saying,â€? said Dr. Preston Nunnelley, who is chairman of the legislative committee of the association representing the stateâ€™s physicians.
â€œEverything in this package increases the access to health care and the quality of health care for our citizens.â€?
The plan, called the Patient Physician Partnership, is designed to ease health insurance burdens on families and doctors, increase support for Kentucky medical schools and rural residency programs, support medical liability reform, increase Medicare and Medicaid funding for physician care and â€œresist allied health providersâ€™ efforts to practice medicine.â€?
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