Doctor shortage found in western NY, upstate

The Buffalo News, April 4, 2014
Health care facilities in Western New York and across upstate are facing a shortage of doctors, with hospital officials saying it's particularly challenging to recruit primary care physicians, according to a new survey by a statewide hospitals association. The physician shortfall has forced hospitals to reduce or eliminate certain services and to transfer patients to other facilities at times when they haven't had the needed specialists in their emergency rooms, according to the survey by the Hospital Association of New York State, or HANYS. The survey reports that 123 more doctors in this region retired, or moved, than began practicing here last year.

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