At a recent meeting of the Macon County Health Board, Health Department Director Jim Bruckner told the board that he was recently contacted by a 90-year-old man who was told that he would have to wait several months before getting an appointment to see a primary care physician in Macon County. According to Bruckner, with too few doctors in Macon County, those types of calls are daily at the health department.
In attempt to alleviate some of that problem, the Macon County Health Department is moving to phase in a program that would provide a temporary primary physician structure.
“Part of our function as public health is assurance,” said Bruckner. “We have to assure that the service is provided to the community, provide the service ourselves, or contract for the service to be provided. That is under the law.”