Health Reform Grant Takes Aim at Physician Shortage
Over the next five years, the Valley Consortium for Medical Education will use a $2.5 million annual federal health reform grant to address a physician shortage in Stanislaus County and the Central Valley. The Valley Consortium will use the funds to boost its medical residency program. Physician shortages have been cited as one of the reasons that rural Californians, particularly low-income individuals, have limited access to health care. Stanislaus County Medical Director Del Morris said the county currently has about 68% of the physicians necessary to meet the health care needs of local residents. Â
- "Health Care Reform Helps Bring Docs to Central Valley" (Urevich, HealthyCal, 10/17).