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April 20, 2014, 1:32 pm
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Menard, Macoupin Face Doctor Shortages; Situation Could Get Worse


Menard and Macoupin Counties are among 22 in Illinois with chronic physician shortages. 

 

The situation could become even more severe next year, when thousands more people become eligible for state-backed insurance programs. 

 

State officials have been working on strategies to ease the shortage.  But the State Medical Society has opposed efforts to let nurses and physician assistants provide more of the services that only doctors can currently perform.

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