The two-county San Bernardino-Riverside area continues to lack an adequate safety net for uninsured residents and faces a serious doctor shortage, especially in primary care and psychiatry, says a report released Monday.

The Inland Empire’s supply of physicians is far below state levels, at 120 per 100,000 compared to the state average of 194 per 100,000, according to the report commissioned by the California Health Care Foundation.

The physician supply is the lowest among the six regions the California Health Care Foundation studies.

And the physician shortage in Riverside/San Bernardino is expected to worsen as physicians retire faster than younger physicians can replace them, the report says.

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