KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) - A new report says a physician shortage on Hawaii Island is approaching a critical state, falling short of the number required by the population.

West Hawaii Today reported a University of Hawaii Physician Workforce Assessment Project report says the Big Island has 230 fewer doctors than necessary.

The report submitted Jan. 9 to the Legislature says the island needs at least 528 doctors.

The report says there is a 24% shortage across the state, with only 2,974 doctors in a population that needs 3,483 physicians.

The report concludes primary care physicians represent the biggest shortage area statewide.