Doctor: Health care access ‘scary’ in parts of Mississippi
By MICHAEL GOLDBERG
Associated Press/Report for America
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi’s top health officer says the state doesn’t have the medical workforce to address a wide range of poor health outcomes.
These outcomes include high rates of maternal and infant mortality to severe cases of diabetes that require the amputation of limbs.
Dr. Daniel Edney told lawmakers Thursday that the state health department is short 150 nurses and low health care access in the state’s impoverished Delta region is becoming “scary.”
Edney appeared before the lawmakers at a budget hearing to request an additional $14.6 million in state general funds for the year that begins July 1.
Legislators are supposed to complete a state budget by late March.
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