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February 14, 2017 | By Matthew Glans
One of the lesser-known factors contributing to the rapid increase in the cost of health care is the shrinking number of primary care physicians (PCPs) available relative to the size of the population. Like most states, Montana faces a severe primary care shortage: The Robert Graham Center has estimated to maintain current rates of primary care utilization, Montana will need “an additional 197 primary care physicians by 2030, a 28% increase of the state’s current (as of 2010) 686 practicing PCPs.”
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