Alarming numbers are pointing to a cause for concern for people who live outside of metropolitan areas across the country and in North Carolina.  According to a 2021 Association of American Medical Colleges study, America could see a shortage of between 37,800 and 124,000 physicians by 2034. The study said that if rural residents had the same access to healthcare as their urban counterparts, rural areas would need an additional 180,000 doctors. [source]

That could be a big problem for people who live in the more rural areas of North Carolina.

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