Michael Weinand 
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Re: “Apache County Third Poorest in the Western Region

Yes Apache County has a very high poverty rate. They are also the most medically underserved county in Arizona. Apache County has 48 physicians per 100,000 people while Pima County has 276 physicians per 100,000 people. This means that there are 5.75 times more doctors in Tucson than in the average Apache County town. Less doctors generally translates to higher health care costs and less access to care. I am sure that one of the main reasons for the lack of doctors in this region is due to low reimbursement rates for physicians in Apache Country. Also it is difficult to recruit physicians to regions of the country that do not have a good education system in place for their children. I hope regions of the country like this will have more resources in the future because unfortunately their health depends on it!

Source:The Arizona Physician Workforce Study of 2005 by William G. Johnson PhD

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Posted by Michael Weinand on 12/05/2011 at 6:52 PM

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