Counties with the Greatest Shortage of Primary Health Care Workers | Slideshows

Counties with the Greatest Shortage of Primary Health Care Workers |  Slideshows

This analysis looked at the number of full-time equivalent practitioners needed in each county to achieve the population-to-practitioner target ratio. For primary care, the target ratio must be at least 3,500 people per provider, or 3,000-to-1 in areas with especially high needs. In addition to the target ratio, an HPSA score is determined by the National Health Service Corps to identify areas that should take priority when assigning workers, with a maximum score of 25. This score is based on the population-to-provider ratio, poverty levels, infant health index, and travel time to the nearest source of care. Keep reading to learn which counties in the U.S. have the biggest shortage of primary health care workers.

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