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UVM Medical Center copes with shortage of specialists, lengthy patient wait times

Published: Jul. 8, 2021 at 6:26 PM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - Vermont’s COVID crisis may be over, but access to health care in the state remains a key concern in the coming years.

The pandemic caused many people to put off key medical procedures. Now, with virus numbers in Vermont receding, the University of Vermont Medical Center is seeing more patients. At the same time, the hospital continues to struggle with a long-running shortage of specialists including neurologists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, and child psychiatrists, and that’s leading to lengthy wait times for some patients.

Dom Amato spoke with UVMMC president Dr. Stephen Leffler about the impact of the pandemic on hospital patient visitation and how they are addressing the staffing issues.

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