Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health commits $300,000 to the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Idaho faces a critical shortage of primary care physicians. It ranks next to last in the United States in the ratio of doctors to population. This is not a future concern; this is a major problem in Idaho today. With the growing elderly population and recent passage of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, demand for doctors is increasing while the supply is decreasing. If this shortage of doctors is not addressed immediately, the problem will almost certainly reach crisis proportions in the near future.
The Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health has committed $300,000 over three years to the Family Medicine Residency of Idaho to address the Primary Care Physician shortage in Idaho. The Foundation will also work with the Governorís Office and Idaho organizations to consider additional methods to address this serious issue.