In an article headlined State lacks doctors to meet demands of national healthcare law, the Los Angeles Times is reporting that, “As the state [California] moves to expand healthcare coverage to millions of Californians under President Obama’s healthcare law, it faces a major obstacle: There aren’t enough doctors to treat a crush of newly insured patients.”
So if California sees this as a problem, how is Idaho going to fare any better? StateImpact, a reporting project of local public media and National Public Radio, prepared a background brief titled Understanding Idaho’s Doctor Shortage. According to that brief, “Since at least 2007, Idaho has ranked near the bottom when it comes to the number of doctors working in the state. The latest available data from the Association of American Medical Colleges ranks Idaho 49th among states.”
California is considering expanding those occupations authorized to diagnose, treat and manage some illnesses. Maybe Idaho could do the same. We could use tourism industry professionals to perform those whatchamacallitectomies.