NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.
Dawn Morton-Rias, Ed.D, PA-C
According to the Congressional Budget Office report, demand for primary care will increase 18 percent between now and 2023. This demand is hitting at the same time there is a growing shortage of primary care physicians, especially in rural markets. Rural hospitals have an urgent need to fill positions with primary care providers who can increase access to medical care in a cost-effective manner.