Kern County is among California counties facing shortage of doctors

Only 16 counties have right amount of physicians

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California is facing a serious shortage of doctors, especially in the Central Valley.

According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, only 16 of California's 58 counties have the federal government's recommended supply of primary care physicians.

Kern Medical Center CEO Paul Hensler spoke to the LA Times about the shortage and said the hospital will have to "get a whole lot more creative about how care is provided."

He pointed to KMC's diabetes clinic, which has been run by two clinical pharmacists after the physician in charge retired.

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