New figures show after years of recruiting, rural Manitoba is still short dozens of family doctors.
In Manitoba, the situation is most pressing in the Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority where there is a 37 per cent vacancy rate or 31 vacant family physician positions.
The Prairie Mountain health region, meanwhile, needs 25 more doctors to completely fill the approximately 180 total positions.
While many areas are still short doctors, the number practising in rural Manitoba is on the rise.
According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba's 2016 annual report, there were 646 doctors practising outside Winnipeg in 2016 that is 24 more than in 2015.
This year only 34 of the 113 graduates of the University of Manitoba are moving into family medicine.
12 of those are going to rural locations according to the university.