Ugh! I read the Reno Gazette Journal newspaper this morning and realized that I moved from the 6th best state for health care (Kansas) to the 48th “best” state, Nevada. I have been practicing medicine in Nevada for nearly a year and this does not come as a surprise to me. I hear from patients that it is difficult to find a primary care physician. And, I can appreciate as a family physician, that it is difficult to find a specialist who is accepting new patients, even if just for a consult (not long-term care). These two problems speak to the scarcity of physicians in Nevada, even in urban areas.
Well, as a physician and medical educator of medical students and fledgling new physicians, I have job security in Nevada! I am hopeful that I can contribute to the state’s overall health. So, I will put do my best to encourage our local medical students and resident physicians to find their niche here in Nevada to help ease the scarcity of physicians here and to add to the wonderfully, rich life that Nevadans enjoy.
This information was collected by the website WalletHub and combined features about health care costs and access to healthcare and health outcomes.