Adirondack Daily Enterprise
June 22, 2019
Kevin Shea – Staff Reporter
A new study backs up findings that access to primary care providers is lower in rural areas than elsewhere in the state.
“Primary care provider” generally means a doctor, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant who treats people for common medical ailments.
Mary Ford, Primary Care Development Corporation’s director of evaluation and analytics, said the study in PCDC’s 2019 report titled “Rural Access to Primary Care in New York State” backs findings from 2018 that looked at how socioeconomic status impacted access to health care. The study found that rural counties had less primary care access and that that was an indicator of lower socioeconomic status. Ford said the findings were important because a lack of access to health care negatively impacts a community.
“Primary care access is a fundamental component of healthy and thriving communities,” she said.
The 2019 report backs those findings with harder numbers. …