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Associated Press, Published June 22 2013

Newly insured will worsen ND doctor shortage

PIERRE, S.D. — North Dakota already has a shortage of family doctors, and the gap between supply and demand is expected to grow as more people gain insurance coverage when the federal health care law takes effect next year.

Dr. Joshua Wynne, dean of the University of North Dakota Medical School, says North Dakota now has an estimated shortage of 100-150 doctors, with about half of that in primary care. He says the shortage is expected to grow to 300, 150 of which would be primary care doctors, in the next decade.

Additional doctors will be needed to deal with the health care law, care for a growing population and replace retiring doctors.

Wynne says North Dakota is expanding medical school classes and residency programs and seeking to keep more graduates in state.