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Midwest and Northeast May Face Surgeon Shortage
Date:3/26/2009

es that are three times more likely to be more rural than the county they left, and counties with lower income levels, a lower proportion of Hispanic residents, a lower unemployment rate and lower poverty than the county they left.

The likelihood of moving varied by surgical subspecialty. More than half of surgical critical care practitioners moved. Thoracic and neurological surgeons were more likely to move (41 percent and 38 percent) than urologists and ophthalmologists (27 percent and 26 percent). The study also found that older surgeons moved farther. For each additional year of age, the distance increased by eight miles.

The findings were shared during a March 24 panel discussion organized by Operation Patient Access, a campaign formed by surgical groups and others involved in health care.

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The American College of Surgeons explains how to find a qualified surgeon.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American College of Surgeons Health Policy Institute, news release, March 24, 2009


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