If you look at the data, West Virginia has enough pediatricians to cover the number of children here. What there aren’t enough of is many pediatric specialties such as pediatric allergists, neurologists or rheumatologists. And that’s forcing many families like the Laxtons to seek care out of state.
Lori Laxton met me at McDonalds in Beckley. When her daughter was four she began having trouble with her kidneys.
The closest pediatric urologist was at the University of Virginia Medical Center - 3.5 to four hours away from her home in Pineville.