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'The Dr. is out?'


For Immediate Release
Monday, July 25, 2013

'The Doctor is out?
Jefferson Post
July 24, 2013

Ashe County's "provider gap" - the number of practicing health care providers in a community versus its population - is widening.

According to the most recent data from, Ashe County had a primary care physician to population ratio of 1,950 to one in 2011-12, a provider gap roughly 20 percent wider then the previous year.


Now in its 40th year, the ORHCC was created by the late Gov. Jim Holshouser to bring quality health care to rural areas of N.C.

With the support of state, federal and philanthropic sources, the ORHCC administers a $37 million budget, and helps communities develop strategies to improve access, quality and cost-effectiveness of health care, with a primary.


During each of the past six years, the ORHCC has recruited an average of 149 health professionals to chronically under-served areas of the state. Recruitment efforts brought in a record 160 primary care physicians, psychiatrists and dentists over the past year, surpassing estimates for the department's medical placement services initiative.

"We know that provider gaps still exist in parts of N.C. and we are actively exploring ways to expand recruiting efforts and use technology, like telemedicine, to meet those needs," said DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos in a recent press release.

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