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July 9, 2014
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Letter: Health care wait time in Douglas County not limited to veterans

More doctors are needed

Taking a long time to be able to see a doctor is not limited to veterans. It is a way of life for many people in our community, even if they have good insurance. My doctor referred me to a specialist and it took three months to get in to see him and then more than two additional months to have the needed surgery.

I know many people who no longer even try to see primary care doctors here in Roseburg. They go to Medford, Eugene or Portland for specialists and the emergency room or urgent care for routine matters. If your doctor retires or leaves the area, plan on a two- to four-month wait to find a doctor who will accept and see you as a patient.

Our medical care is in trouble and it started before Obama. We need more health care workers and until that problem is fixed, the situation will only get worse for both veterans and private patients.

Ruth E. Saily


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