BOISE • A lack of surgeons in rural areas has created a need to increase incentives to attract doctors who perform non-specialized surgeries, the House Health and Welfare Committee chairman said Tuesday.
Rep. Fred Wood, R-Burley, submitted a bill that would change general surgery — typically considered a medical specialty — to become part of primary care.
“More and more people who want to do surgery, do sub-specialty,” Wood said. “This is affecting our rural areas."
Changing general surgery to a primary care definition could help attract doctors enrolled in placement programs who agree to go to a designated medical shortage area for several years. The committee will send the bill on to the House.