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Braley Dodson, Daily Herald

August 07, 2016

Wait times to see a doctor in Utah Valley likely won’t decrease anytime soon.

“If you call today and you have an emergency, we can see you today,” said Kevin Brooks, hospital administrator for Utah Valley Hospital in Provo.

But for elective treatment, like if someone needs to see a cardiologist, they could be facing a 50-day wait.

Hospitals are actively recruiting staff as the county experiences growth, which will make the need for doctors much greater. But so far, the ratio of how many physicians there are to the population is only increasing.

In 2016, there was one primary care physician for every 2,310 people in Utah County, according to the annual county health rankings by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The county number was vastly higher than the state, which is one to 1,740, and above the rate of one to 1,040 ratio for top national performers. Those numbers increased from the 2015 rankings, which put Utah County at one primary care physician for every 2,281 people.

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