A study lead by Dr. Scott Shipman of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire, suggests “there should be more focus on evening out the distribution than on increasing the overall supply of doctors for children.” The paper appears today in Pediatrics (abstract).
The study found there are enough children’s doctors in the United States, they just work in the wrong places. The results show Mississippi had the highest proportion of children (42 percent) in low-supply regions. Next were Arkansas, Oklahoma, Maine and Idaho.
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Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern