👨🏻⚕️ 🏥 💉 ⚕️ From CalMatters health care reporter Elizabeth Aguilera: "In a northern California valley stretching under miles of bright blue sky between two snowy volcanic peaks, Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta, Daniel Dahle is known as a godsend, a friend, a lifesaver, a companion until the end.
For more than three decades, ‘Doc’ Dahle has been the physician in Bieber, serving a region about the size of five smaller U.S. states. When he started, he was one of five doctors in the region. Today he is joined by only one other full-time physician.
At 71, Dahle has delayed retirement for years — waiting for someone to take his place. ‘I was going to retire November 8th of last year; it was going to be a third of a century,’ he said. ‘It’s tough to recruit young new vibrant family practitioners or internists or pediatricians to come up here.’ Unfortunately, Dahle’s situation is not unique.
California is facing a growing shortage of primary care physicians, one that is already afflicting rural areas and low-income inner city areas, and is forecasted to impact millions of people within ten years. Not enough newly minted doctors are going into primary care, and a third of the doctors in the state are over 55 and looking to retire soon, according to a study by the Healthforce Center at UC-San Francisco." Click the link in bio to read Elizabeth's full report on the growing shortage of physicians in California.#calmatters #california #healthcare #doctors #doctor #physicians #physician #health