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Old 03-20-2017, 02:00 PM
 
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Panic!!! Panic!!! We're a small state that doesn't have as many doctors as California and New York! Everyone flee the state!!!


Again, that is not how per capita works.

Mississippi has the least amount of physician services available per person. It has nothing to do with the size of the state or other states.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of AL and FL
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Again, that is not how per capita works.

Mississippi has the least amount of physician services available per person. It has nothing to do with the size of the state or other states.
Your article specifically states that rural areas are the most affected. The Coast isn't a rural area. There will be zero issues finding a doctor.
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Old 03-20-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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Your article specifically states that rural areas are the most affected. The Coast isn't a rural area. There will be zero issues finding a doctor.



As I have said, it does not mean they are no doctors in Mississippi. It does not mean there are no good doctors in Mississippi. There is a problem though. It is a problem in many places and is worst in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fewest number of doctors per capita and some of the worst health outcomes in the nation. There is a strong correlation between health outcomes and number of physicians. Yes, it is worse in the rural areas(as it is in most of the nation)it is still horrible in most of the urban areas.

Fewer doctors from a less competitive pool also means even if you find a doctor, you chances of finding a less capable doctor are higher. There is another issue as well, not all doctors do the same thing. The shortage of some types of doctors is even more critical.



Once again, Mississippi is last. LAST PLACE.....last....the worst. Not understanding statistics or cherry picking something that must be taken in context with a larger data set does not change that. You can't pompom and cheer lead your way past this. Someones love and hope for Mississippi does not change it. Someones personal experiences with Mississippi does not change it. Putting your head in the sand does not change it. It is what it is, and it is a bad thing.

If that makes people have strong emotional reactions, so be it.
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Madison, MS
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I'd talk more but I'm currently packing my bags to move cause before now I didn't realize we were a small state with fewer doctors than bigger states
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Old 03-20-2017, 03:45 PM
 
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I'd talk more but I'm currently packing my bags to move cause before now I didn't realize we were a small state with fewer doctors than bigger states

You can repeat that a thousand time but it is not the issue. Per capita.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Jack-town, Sip by way of AL and FL
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As I have said, it does not mean they are no doctors in Mississippi. It does not mean there are no good doctors in Mississippi. There is a problem though. It is a problem in many places and is worst in Mississippi. Mississippi has the fewest number of doctors per capita and some of the worst health outcomes in the nation. There is a strong correlation between health outcomes and number of physicians. Yes, it is worse in the rural areas(as it is in most of the nation)it is still horrible in most of the urban areas.

Fewer doctors from a less competitive pool also means even if you find a doctor, you chances of finding a less capable doctor are higher. There is another issue as well, not all doctors do the same thing. The shortage of some types of doctors is even more critical.



Once again, Mississippi is last. LAST PLACE.....last....the worst. Not understanding statistics or cherry picking something that must be taken in context with a larger data set does not change that. You can't pompom and cheer lead your way past this. Someones love and hope for Mississippi does not change it. Someones personal experiences with Mississippi does not change it. Putting your head in the sand does not change it. It is what it is, and it is a bad thing.

If that makes people have strong emotional reactions, so be it.
If I listed out the problems Mississippi has, per capita doctors would be about #57. I'm more concerned about the economy and demographic shifts.
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Old 03-21-2017, 12:14 PM
 
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If I listed out the problems Mississippi has, per capita doctors would be about #57. I'm more concerned about the economy and demographic shifts.
That is fair enough but not what the topic of this thread is about, nor does it mitigate the reality that this is a problem as well.
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Old 04-01-2017, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Scottsdale
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Hi. I'm thinking about moving north of Gulfport, or somewhere in the area. Would a new resident be able to find a doctor easily? Also, since I'm almost Medicare age--do most of the doctors take Medicare?

Some of the houses and neighborhoods I've seen online look very charming, and the water photos have me kicking myself for living so far inland all my life.

Thanks.

Anne
I studied public health in Florida and did research with a Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Pensacola. In general, there is a primary care physician shortage throughout the country. One of the worse states is Mississippi.
Physician shortage especially acute in rural areas of state - Mississippi Business Journal

There are states that are aware of the shortage and addressed it partially by giving NPs full autonomy.
Mississippi only gives nurses reduced autonomy. Given the primary care shortage in that state, it really should give full autonomy.
https://onlinenursing.simmons.edu/nu...-practice-map/

So it doesn't look good for the Gulf states and primary care. I understand the desire for southerners to live along the coast: beaches, sea food (e.g. grilled red snapper), culture, sports (SEC sports), etc. That fantastic Mississippi State victory in the Women's Final Four of NCAA D1 Basketball did not surprise me. As a guy who had worked close by in the FL Panhandle, I was aware of their sold-out home games and fan frenzy.

But healthcare would be limited. Best wishes.
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