Rural hospitals can play vital role in doc shortage

Rural hospitals could provide vital help in a doctor shortage, according to the Kansas Health Institute News Service. "This is one of those areas where if you really want to link physicians with where they need to be with funding of the educational enterprise … potentially community hospitals can step into the role," said Douglas Girod, a doctor from the University of Kansas Medical Center. KU predicts Kansas will need 213 new doctors a year by 2030 to maintain an already lagging physican-to-patient ratio. Article