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8News Investigates: Pediatrician Shortage

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A severe shortage of pediatricians and pediatric specialist is leading to critical delays in treatment for some sick children.

There are more than 8 million children in America without a pediatrician in their area, and if your child suffers from an illness and needs to see a specialist, the numbers are even worse.

8News Anchor and Investigative Reporter Kerri O'Brien finds the shortage of pediatricians and pediatric specialist is a growing problem, right here in Virginia. See her

The shortage means some kids have to wait months and months to get an appointment, and their parents have to drive hours away, sometimes even crossing state lines to get their kids to the doctor.

We sit down with a Fort Lee mother who drives 60 miles to Richmond to take her son to dialysis treatments. They make the long commute four times a week.

Get a special look at the critical shortage and what it means for children in our area, Thursday on 8News at 5.

 

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