Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW) - Physicians are moving out of the area and experts said t could cause major problems. Western New York has lost more doctors than any other area of the state, nearly 200 physicians hit the road. The most need right now is for primary care doctors.
This means several facilities are being force to cutback or eliminate services all together. The health care association of New York State said the problem would only get worse as the state works to meet federal health care mandates. The group claims the Medicaid program overhaul is needed.
State and Federal Health officials agree. A congressional panel has ordered federal auditors to examine New York State's $54 billion Medicaid spending and fraud oversight programs.
It follows news that New York over-billed the federal government $15 billion. Governor Cuomo is backing the investigation and said there could be dire circumstances for all of Western New York if changes are made quickly.
Western New York tops the list but this doctor shortage affects the entire state. More than 1200 doctors left last year creating problems in communities all over New York, especially in rural areas.