Local Legislators want more primary care upstate

Utica Observer-Dispatch

Primary care doctors are in short supply in parts of Upstate New York, a problem state Sen. Joseph Griffo and Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon are trying to address…

…The distribution of primary care doctors does vary greatly between regions and counties in the state. There are 81 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents in rural areas compared to 120 in urban areas, according to 2014 data from the Center for Health Workforce Studies at the University at Albany.

That data also shows 98 doctors upstate per 100,000 residents compared to 123 downstate. In the Mohawk Valley, there are 90 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, according to the center. In Herkimer County, there are 45 primary care doctors per 100,000 residents, compared to 96 in Oneida County.

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