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Many reasons for difficulty getting new doctors in county

Health issues: A look at health care questions facing county residents

January 30, 2013
BY LIZ SKOCZYLAS ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a community to recruit a physician.

Physician recruitment is one of the most difficult tasks groups face. According to Dr. Lillian Vitanza Ney, chairperson of the Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission health care action team, recruiting someone from outside Chautauqua County can be difficult for a variety of reasons.

"It's hard to recruit people who are not from the area," Dr. Ney said. "They look at the area and the reimbursement isn't good, it isn't as good as it is in other places. There's no large airport to be reached. People are really looking for some of those things and they may feel a little isolated."

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