The Florida Keys usually conjures up images of sunshine, ocean breezes, and copious cocktails. But beyond the vacationers paradise, there is the reality of life in the Keys – and needing access to health care.
Across the 137 square mile archipelago, there are only 266 health care providers for 74,000 residents (and 2.25 million annual visitors). The Florida Keys has a serious shortage of health care providers and services.
There are two main types of shortage designations, as determined by the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA).
- Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) are areas, populations, and facilities experiencing a shortage of health professionals in primary care, dental, and/or mental health.
- Medically Underserved Area (MUA)/Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) are areas and populations with lack of access or barriers to health care.