The nation is facing a shortage of primary care doctors in rural areas and Missouri fares no better than most states in that respect.


The problem was thrown into sharp relief after recent funding received by University of Missouri for recruitment of rural primary care doctors, MU received 5 million dollars for the purpose.


Mary Becker, Senior VP of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at Missouri Hospital Association says the reasons for the shortage of rural based doctors is partly due to the prohibitive cost of training for students.  Another cause worth consideration is that many medical students simply would not consider rural medicine.


while there may be shortages in urban areas, the situation is not as dire as the shortages facing rural america.


Many factors seem to play a part in contributing to the shortages in the U.S.


Lapses in rural primary care coverage are not only caused by doctor shortages.


Becker says many things are being done to address the shortages in rural primary care, the most successful, is recruitment from rural communities.