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Severe shortage of medical specialists

This is scary folks:
As more people move out of the island, doctors are moving also. There are only around 9,000 doctors for a population of 3.4 million, the number of doctors have gone down by 36% over the last 10 years. According to some statistics, 2 doctors leave the island on a daily bases.

Medical specialists for the island’s 3.4 million people are in particularly short supply. Puerto Rico has one pediatric allergist, four geneticists, eight colorectal surgeons, and about 10 pediatric neurologists. And not all of them accept Medicaid, which covers low-income families.

Death rates from diabetes and hypertension are on the rise, up 22 percent and 50 percent, respectively, from a decade ago, Puerto Rico Health Department data show.

Anybody with health issues that need to see a specialist often should defer moving to the island until the exodus of doctors reverses its course. For those still wanting to come, I recommend you get medical insurance that also covers you in the states and make plans to make appointments and travel to the states on a regular bases.

Here is an article that gives you a sample of a particular family and the statistics that makes it extremely difficult for them to be treated appropriately.

http://www.reuters.com/investigates/spe … ealthcare/ take the time to read the entire article, it is eye opening and in my opinion not biased.

One should have their eyes open before making a commitment to move to PR.

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