The Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA) commends the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) for its aggressive approach to secure federal funding to bring more doctors to our most challenged communities. Millions of Americans have trouble accessing basic care because of the lack of primary care physicians available in their area. In Los Angeles County, 1.2 million individuals reside in areas without access to primary care. In the last two years, DHS applied to have these areas designated as a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) for primary care and increased the number of areas eligible for such funding from 24 to 34 county-wide, with another 3 under evaluation.
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