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As lawmakers are debating federal immigration policies, states like Nevada are continuing to recruit foreign doctors to help with the nation's doctor shortage. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports.

 

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The National Health Service Corps is a more than 40-year-old federal program that helps medical professionals defray the cost of education. It also recruits providers to underserved areas. But, Congress hasn’t renewed the program and funding runs out in March. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray explores how that program impacts Nevada.

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There’s a doctor shortage in Nevada. That’s why Governor Brian Sandoval is distributing $10 million to improve graduate medical training in the state. Reno Public Radio’s Anh Gray reports some of that money will go towards expanding several residency programs in Northern Nevada.

Renown Health has a received $7.5 million  from the William N. Pennington Foundation to hire and retain pediatric doctors. 

On average in the U.S., there are 15 pediatricians for every 100,000 people, but in Reno, there are less than 10 pediatricians per that many residents.

That shortage is even more profound when you look at more specialized care.

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Doctor shortages in Nevada have caused critical access issues for rural communities.

Tonopah closed its only hospital last year, leaving residents 100 miles away from the nearest facility. Now health care officials are working to find solutions.

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There's a proposed Master of Physician Assistant Studies program in the works at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. What is a Physician Assistant (PA) and how is that different from a doctor?

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A new online tool is offering healthcare data that's broken down for each Nevada county. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Billman reports the database provides snapshots on how different counties compare on everything from their healthcare workforce to how many of their residents have health insurance.

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Nearly 29 percent of medical residents are depressed compared to 16 percent of the general population. That startling finding was recently released in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Reno Public Radio has been examining mental health issues for children and young adults. Even as we report on new initiatives aimed at helping kids and college students cope, it's important to understand that access to mental healthcare in Nevada is hard to come by.

A partnership between Renown Regional Medical Center and the University of Nevada School of Medicine has been given the final green light from the state board of regents. Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports that the project is expected to increase the number of medical residencies in Northern Nevada by fifty percent in coming years.

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