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Action being taken to ease MD
shortage in rural communities
By Mary Kay Roth
The hospital and medical clinic are closed in
Mullen, Neb., pop. 800. Their doctor left last
July and the town" is withoat a doctor within a
This situation is not unique in Nebraska.
Many towns across the state reflect a similar
problem-a shortage of physicians.
Presently, 13 Nebraskan counties have no
Not all of these Nebraska towns are standing
idly by, however, and many are taking action.
Tekamah has set up the Cottonwood Health
Clinic and nurses do the work doctors usually
handle-such as blood pressure and
Charles Patch, chairman of the Mullen
hospital board, is leading his town's search for a
"Doctors in small towns have tough jobs," he
said, "because their obligation to the community
is full-time-24 hours a day, seven days a week.
For some, this is just too much to take."
Mullen's doctor left to go to Arizona.
"He was just too tired," Patch said.
Mullen has since been advertising throughout
Nebraska, he continued, offering an attractive
package for medical graduates.
"We have some possibilities," Patch said, "but
nothing has materialized. We're going to keep
trying until our time runs out."
Albion, led by Mary Kay Evans, also has been
carrying on an "area doctor recruitment."
"We've pulled every stunt we could think of,"
Evans said, "and if we need to we'll pull some
Albion's hospital serves the town and
surrounding areas, Evans said, with two doctors
attempting to handle the population of 15,000.
Medical student campaign
Evans is leading a campaign to attract medical
students to Albion, so more doctors can practice
at the hospital.
The town has used press coverage, bulletin
boards and personal interviews.
"I've been to both the Crcighton and the
University of Nebraska Medical Centers," Evans
said, "and talked to or written every local
medical school resident."
Pete Boughn, executive assistant at the
University of Nebraska Medical Center, said that
too many medical students are leaving the state.
The medical center is producing enough
doctors to solve the problem, Boughn explained,
but Nebraska retains only about one third of its
medical school graduates.
After medical school, each student must
practice under a qualified physician at a
"Residencies arc limited in Nebraska,"
Boughn said, "and if a graduate is forced to leave
the state to find a residency, chances are he will
Although the number of Nebraska residencies
has increased in the past ten years-from 70 or
80 to 283-more are needed, he said.
The medical center has drawn up proposals,
Boughn said, which they plan to introduce in this
session of the Legislature.
Boughn said one suggestion includes more
emphasis on primary health care, such as treating
broken bones, enna Dirm ami umu
communities usually attract general practitioners,
he explained, rather than specialists such as brain
Under another proposal, an office would be
set up as a liaison between communities seeking
doctors and prospective young physicians.
Finally, Boughn said, a "student loan
forgiveness" plan has been proposed.
This program would allow medical students to
take out loans if they agree to practice in a small
community after graduation. If the graduate
spends one year in the town, Boughn explained,
his loan will be reduced. For each further year
the doctor spends in the town, more of his loan
will be cut.
"One-physician towns are having trouble
attracting doctors for many reasons," Boughn said,
Many people like to work with groups of their
peers, he said, because they are able to take
vacations and sick leave without worrying that
their patients will be left without medical care.
Dr. Doug Laflan, the lone physician in
Creighton, Neb., also sees disadvantages in solo
Work too hard
"You work too hard," he said.
The phone is ringing constantly and people
are not afraid to come right up to the door, he
"You have to go out of town to get a day
off," he said.
However,- a small town practice is more
satisfying to Laflan, because he said he knows his
"Our budget could easily allow another
doctor to come," Laflan said. "I'd just as soon as
have the free time as the money."
But Laflan has not been able to attract
another doctor to Creighton.
Difficult to keep up
"It's difficult to keep up with the new and
fancy things in medicine," Laflan explained,
"when you can't get away to become
Local recruiters are not alone, because work is
being done on the state level in the search for
doctors. . ,
John Sahs, project director of State
Comprehensive Health Planning, said they are
now identifying the critical shortage areas.
Local councils from seven regions in the state
"have their ear to the ground for critical needs,"
It is then the duty of Sahs department to
validate these needs and come up with possible
Sahs said areas now designated as medical
shortage areas include: Mullen, Stratton,
Lexington, Clay Center, Burwell, Tekamah,
Bassett and Albion.
Dr. Ken Hubble is the new director of the
University Health Center, not the University of
Nebraska Medical Center as reported in
Thursday's Daily Nebraskan.
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