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Idaho Has A Serious Doctor Shortage. This Program Aims To Help Fix That

Stethescope, Health Care, Doctor, Medical
Emilie Ritter Saunders
Boise State Public Radio


Idaho ranks 49th in the country when it comes to the ratio of active physicians per 100,000 patients. 

And provider shortages are felt -- perhaps most strongly -- in Idaho's rural counties like Owyhee, Payette and Canyon. Now, a partnership between St. Luke's and Family Medicine Residency of Idaho is hoping to attract and retain more doctors to these rural counties. 


Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.