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Report: Number of Primary Care Doctors Declining in Delaware

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DOVER, Del.- A report commissioned by Delaware's Department of Health and Social Services found the number of primary care physicians in the state appears to be on the decline.

The 2018 survey conducted by the University of Delaware said accounting for the time that primary care physicians offer direct patient care, the estimated full-time equivalent was 662 physicians, with 461 FTEs in New Castle County, 89 in Kent and 112 in Sussex counties.

The study also found that there are an adequate number of primary care doctors in the state but their location and availability may be an issue.

According to the report, there is a ratio of 2,069 patients to each primary care physician in Kent County and a ratio of 2,014 to 1 in Sussex County.

Both figures put the counties above the threshold used by the federal government to identify a shortage.

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