Healthcare reform could expose weakness in local medical coverage

Health care reforms may force Kentucky to recruit more physicians to underserved areas.

More than 600,000 people will soon be covered by Medicaid or private insurance. That increase is expected to expose the shortage of physicians in many rural areas.

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services is considering bringing in more international medical grads, and expanding loan-forgiveness programs in areas in need of doctors. Those are among recommendations made by Deloitte Consulting, a firm helping to set up the Kentucky health benefit exchange.

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