Doctor Shortage In Kentucky

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Health care reforms could force Kentucky to strengthen physician recruitment in medically underserved areas to accommodate more than 600,000 additional people in the state who soon will be covered by Medicaid or private insurance.

The planned expansion of Kentucky's Medicaid program coupled with a push to help the uninsured obtain health coverage through the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange is expected to exacerbate a longstanding shortage of physicians in many rural communities.