Providing health care in rural areas has unique challenges, and not everybody knows what rural hospitals and other health systems need when building or improving facilities, or when buying equipment.
Texas' rural physician shortage is part of a larger nationwide shortage. Creating residencies in rural places is considered one of the best ways to get young physicians interested in rural practice and keep them there.
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The 2019 Texas legislative session will kick off in January, and as always the Texas Medical Association will work with lawmakers to champion medicine and protect the sanctity of the patient-physician relationship.
Member Interest Group: Rural Physicians
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Since 2010, Texas has seen more rural hospitals close than has any other state, leaving huge gaps in health care; however, the state's rural areas have options for maintaining health care facilities.
What Happens to Physicians When the Local Hospital Shuts Down?
Thanks in part to several legislative victories, Texas is finding innovative ways to chip away at physician shortages in the state’s rural areas.
Attend One or More First Tuesdays at the Capitol
Send a Letter or Email or Make a Call to Your State or Federal Legislators
Testify at a House or Senate Committee Hearing
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