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Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce Hold's State of Healthcare Address

KENNEWICK, Wash.--The Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce holds its State of Healthcare address today at the Red Lion Hotel in Kennewick.

More than 200 local business leaders learned about the struggles facing Washington's healthcare industry. One of the biggest concerns is having access to primary care. Guest speaker, Dr. W. Hugh Maloney, is president of Washington State's Medical Assocation.

"In the Tri-Cities, we know that we are under-served in terms of the number of physicians that we need and are available for the growing population," says Dr. Maloney. Across the nation, we know that the basis for good healthcare starts with having a personal physician."

Maloney admits it's getting harder to recruit physicians. He says a high work load combined with accumulated debt from medical school isn't too appealing. On average, a physician will have $140,000 in debt, before they even start practicing.

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