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Primary Care Doctor Shortage Looms

Finding a primary care doctor is about to get more difficult as some in the medical community say a shortage is on the horizon.

More medical students are going into specialized fields instead of primary care.  Small towns around the area like Panhandle already have a hard time getting a doctor to practice.

One city manager says that has created a bad situation. Panhandle City Manager Rob Roach says, "you have to drive to one of the satellite clinics in surrounding towns and with economic conditions, that becomes harder to do so they put off health care and wait until it's an emergency."

The Dean of Texas Tech in Amarillo says he is aware of the problem and thinks there should be more primary care doctors coming to West Texas.

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