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Omdahl: A city of 65,000 and no additional doctors

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The shortage of primary care physicians in North Dakota just got worse.

It was approaching a crisis situation before expansion of Medicaid kicked in on January 1. That expansion will eventually add 20,000 to 30,000 to the patient load in North Dakota.

Add this to the 40,000 newcomers working in the Bakken oil fields and we have something equal to a new city of 65,000 people with no additional doctors.

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