A bill making its way through the state legislature aims to help recruit doctors to Colorado, specifically to work in under-served areas. Today we begin a three-part series from KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney that takes a look at doctors in Colorado, efforts to recruit them, and the effects felt by residents needing primary care.

The head of the state health department says Colorado needs about 200 more physicians to adequately serve its population. Federal ratios show more than a million Coloradans live in under-served areas. Unaffordable health insurance has a lot to do with that. Physicians can’t make a living where people can’t pay. Publicly-funded clinics help fill the gap, but it’s still not easy to recruit doctors to some of the state’s outlying areas. KCFR Health Reporter Eric Whitney visited a clinic in Craig, which has spent years recruiting just one doctor to serve a place where health care is particularly hard to find.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.


Comments are closed.


Marie Arago for NPR
October 27, 2016 | NPR · Aid groups are falling short on some of the world’s worst crises, says researcher Sara Pantuliano. There is a way to fix it — but it might not be popular.

AFP/Getty Images
October 27, 2016 | NPR · A major trade deal between Canada and the European Union hit a snag when the tiny Belgian region of Wallonia raised objections. But after winning concessions, the Walloons say they’re now onboard.

October 27, 2016 | NPR · The May 2015 derailment left eight people dead and more than 200 others injured. Attorneys say the agreement means their clients will receive money more quickly than if the case were to be litigated.

Arts & Life

October 27, 2016 | NPR · Silvia Moreno-Garcia’s new novel is set in a realistic, multidimensional Mexico City, where a young human boy meets a mysterious girl and gets caught up in a whirlwind of vampire-gang drug wars.

Penguin/Random House
October 27, 2016 | NPR · Globally, this humble dish was one of the first ways humans learned to unlock the nutrition in grains. Now, chefs are embracing its sumptuous, delicious possibilities. And no, it’s not just oatmeal.

October 27, 2016 | NPR · Amazon’s new series Good Girls Revolt, set in 1969, was inspired by a landmark gender bias case at Newsweek. Showrunners hired women at every level of the cast and crew — a Hollywood rarity.


October 27, 2016 | KCRW · The beloved alt-rock band plays a special session for KCRW at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles.

Ebru Yildiz for NPR
October 27, 2016 | NPR · At Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, Conor Oberst delivered a powerfully spare set of new songs from his new album, Ruminations.

October 27, 2016 | WBGO+JAZZ.org · New Orleans is a place where you throw a parade for a funeral, where joyful music is found in struggle. In this concert documentary, two local legends show off their hometown pride.

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac