Everyone deserves access to quality health care. However, this isn’t the reality for many in our community. Many of our citizens lack basic access to health care, and there is a nationwide shortage of physicians, which is anticipated to increase over the next 10 years. This will directly impact our state and the citizens who need access to care. One study found that 92 counties in Kansas are considered partially or wholly underserved, due to a lack of physicians. Rural areas in Kansas would need 83 new primary care physicians each year to fill the void.