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Colorado's Primary Care Workforce: A Study of Regional Disparities

February 12, 2014

The new study finds the equivalent of 2,812
full-time primary care physicians among
Colorado’s 3,332 practicing primary care
physicians. This breaks down to an average
Colorado panel size of 1,873 people for each
practicing full-time primary care physician.

A new Colorado Health Institute study finds the equivalent of 2,812 full-time primary care physicians among Colorado’s 3,332 practicing primary care physicians. This breaks down to an average Colorado panel size of 1,873 people for each practicing full-time primary care physician.

From a big-picture perspective, that’s an adequate ratio. When you look closer, though, our study shows that while many areas have enough primary care physicians to care for the population, a number of others – primarily rural and underserved urban areas – likely do not have enough. 

And in many regions, low-income Coloradans enrolled in the Medicaid program may have limited access to primary care physicians who accept their insurance.

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