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August 27, 2015

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By the numbers:

Doctors scarce in Las Vegas compared to other areas

For the number of people who live in and around Las Vegas, we're woefully short on doctors and health care workers in general. The map below shows hospital referral regions in the United States and how they compare. Our area had roughly 161 doctors per 100,000 people in 2006, significantly fewer than the national average of 202. For most specialization areas we're lacking as well. A notable difference: There are plenty of geriatric physicians, even though Nevada has a comparatively small percentage of seniors next to other states.

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