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Six California Cities: Which Healthcare Economies Are Thriving?

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Fresno

Greater Fresno’s population has grown rapidly in the past decade. Area residents have lower income, education, and health insurance levels, and worse health status than average for California. The economic downturn is intensifying an already bleak situation.

Fresno’s physician workforce is aging and there aren’t enough physicians to meet demand. Access to care for the low-income population is hampered by the shortages of health care professionals”nurses and dentists are also in short supply.

HMOs have a limited and shrinking market presence. As in many other parts of California, PPO enrollment is growing.

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