Southern Oregon's dearth of internists reflects the region's growing shortage of physicians in both general and special practice, said Debra McFadden, executive director of the Jackson County Medical Society.
"Even if we're recruiting, we're losing doctors because people are retiring," McFadden
said. McFadden said the medical society fields about 20,000 queries a year from people seeking information about a specific doctor or referral to a physician.
About a third of those calls are from seniors.Some are searching for a primary doctor, but most are looking for a specialist.
Specialists are in high demand, too.Many schedule appointments months in advance for new patients.
said the medical society can't promise to find a doctor for everyone, "but we'll do our best to help.Sometimes we can help, and sometimes we can't."
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