Nevada's shortage of doctors has led many worried patients to try to find a primary care physician who can make diagnoses. But the shortage of primary care physicians in Nevada is unlikely to improve anytime soon, said Dr. John D'Agostino, director of the department of primary care at the University of Nevada Medical Center.
On Monday, Rowe said he was referred to Teleadoc by an email from his health insurer, Aetna, which promised to respond within two hours. Cochran said patients should consider contacting a specialist They are already used in the treatment of heart disease. He recommended going to an emergency room or emergency room or calling his insurance company to see a doctor.
Masks, test kits and other supplies were promised, but he said he did not know when they would arrive. He said that people with viruses that appear in ERs simply overwhelm the resources of people who really need care and needlessly let themselves be infected by people who actually have the virus.
The shortage of primary care doctors is a problem across the country, but Nevada is particularly hard hit, he said. The American Hospital Association expects that in the United States, at least 150 doctors per 100,000 people will be in the workforce over the next decade. That's according to statistics from the state Department of Health. Last year, the report found that there were an average of 150 doctors per 100,000 people nationwide. Compared to the ratio of doctors to nurses in Las Vegas, it is even worse, at about 1.5 doctors per 1,500 residents.
The number of physician licenses nationwide has doubled from 446 in 2009 to nearly 900 in 2018, but some counties do not have any of the licensed professionals. Nevadans are desperately looking for doctors, even if they are still limited and unreliable in some cases. Many patients who could not go to a primary care doctor turned to the emergency room at Las Vegas Medical Center, which closed Thursday after staff became overwhelmed with patients. Esmeralda, Eureka and Storey counties have none, and there are 9,500 licensed doctors.
If you call your office to say you are ill, you may be prescribed medication or sent to an emergency department, depending on your symptoms. If your practice does not have a test kit, see a doctor in the emergency room at Las Vegas Medical Center for signs of mild coronavirus and for more severe symptoms.
The COVID-19 outbreak reminds him of the time AIDS began to grab the nation's attention in the 1980s, he said. He was a doctor in Hollywood, California, and 24 of the 25 patients he treated in 1983 had AIDS. Cochran said UNLV's medical school graduated first and that it was more likely that doctors would stay in Nevada and behave as they are trained.
Nevada ranks 46th in the nation for the number of HIV / AIDS cases per 100,000 residents, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nevada ranks 48th in the US overall, with a rate of 1.5 per 1,500 residents, the statistics show.
Dara Rowe, 63, owns a small business in Las Vegas Until recently, this provided health insurance for workers. She had always been healthy, she said, but when she struggled with the symptoms of the coronavirus last week, she tried to see a doctor.