Oregon medical community preparing for expansion

Oregon medical community preparing for expansion

Oregon's medical community is scrambling to make sure there are enough doctors and health care providers available to accommodate the 400,000 uninsured Oregonians expected to get health insurance in the coming years.

Many of Oregon’s rural and minority communities already are short of the recommended doctor-patient ratios — a problem that will only get worse when most Americans are required to have health coverage beginning Jan. 1.

With an eye on the coming tide of newly insured residents, state lawmakers this year approved scholarships and loan repayment programs designed to encourage medical school graduates to practice in underserved areas instead of the flashier urban centers. State officials also hope Oregon’s effort to improve coordination and preventive care will make it easier for the existing providers to handle more patients.

Read more at The Statesman Journal.