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Old 07-20-2013, 05:35 PM
 
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I've been seriously looking at Boise and surrounding towns. Just wondering if anyone who has moved there has had any problems finding a new doctor? I did read that there is a shortage of doctors in Idaho.

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Old 07-20-2013, 08:41 PM
 
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No not at all. Lots of doctors are taking on new patients
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Old 07-21-2013, 06:45 PM
 
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I moved to Nampa and I researched on the web the best rated medical groups, hospitals, and then doctors. The first doctor I selected stopped accepting new patients but my second choice did. And when I was researching there were a lot of doctors who accepted new patients and a lot of different medical insurance plans.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:44 AM
 
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I read an article in the Statesman last month about a lack of doctors but it was in regards to foreign-educated doctors. Perhaps that was what the OP read because I don't think there's a general lack of doctors here either.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:27 AM
 
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Thanks so much for your replies, lesharona, rosevillelover and ramenfan! I'm trying to thoroughly research everything I can think of before I make the move since it will be my last.
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Old 07-22-2013, 11:03 PM
 
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I am also looking for a doctor. In my 'old' state, we used to go to the doctor that didn't accept insurance and was cash only (our insurance has sky high deductible, so it was cheaper for us to just go there). Are there such doctors in Boise - does anyone know?
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Boise, Idaho
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The state of healthcare in Boise is very different than in small, rural communities. Boise is a major medical city that serves a large geographic region. We have a lot of great doctors and specialists, state-of-the art hospitals and other facilities. I'm not sure about a cash-only doc locally--you might call Terry Reilly Health Services and ask them. They are a non-profit and very connected in the community and can probably steer you in the right direction.
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:21 AM
 
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Default Boise is probably okay

There is a general shortage of physicians in the whole United States, but rural areas suffer significantly more. However, Idaho as a whole is one of the worst states overall

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Since at least 2007, Idaho has ranked near the bottom when it comes to the number of doctors working in the state.
The latest available data from the Association of American Medical Colleges ranks Idaho 49th among states.
The Gem State had 184 doctors for every 100,000 people in 2010.
Here’s how our surrounding states stack up:

There are many factors that contribute to Idaho’s physician shortage; there is limited access to medical education in Idaho, salaries tend to be lower, and it’s tougher to recruit in rural areas.


In addition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has designated 39 of Idaho’s 44 counties as Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Doctor Shortage | StateImpact Idaho

This is my only real concern with retiring to Idaho next year, because both the wife and I have chronic conditions and would prefer to live in the less congested area of Southeast Idaho.

Virtually everything else about Idaho is appealing to us---even the great posters on the Idaho threads!!

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Old 07-23-2013, 02:37 PM
 
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There is a general shortage of physicians in the whole United States, but rural areas suffer significantly more. However, Idaho as a whole is one of the worst states overall


Doctor Shortage | StateImpact Idaho

This is my only real concern with retiring to Idaho next year, because both the wife and I have chronic conditions and would prefer to live in the less congested area of Southeast Idaho.

Virtually everything else about Idaho is appealing to us---even the great posters on the Idaho threads!!
I wouldn't let that concern me. If my medical group is any indication, at least 50% of the doctors in California are foreign born and of those, many don't speak a dialect of English that I understand
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:49 PM
 
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If you're interested in Boise then I wouldn't spend much time with statistics relating to the state as a whole. As Benchfan said, Boise has a strong medical presence and is very different than the rural areas.
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