With only one general practitioner left in Sanctuary Point, who is set to retire July this year, resident Les Boucher fears if doctors aren't incentivised to work in the area immediately, then someone will die.
There has been a "sudden loss" of GPs in Sanctuary Point, with former general practices being converted into a Women's Clinic and a Respiratory Clinic.
"I'm not saying that we don't need these clinics, but now that there are no general practices in Sanctuary Point, everyone is scrambling to try and find a doctor elsewhere," he said.
He said he fears "someone is going to die due to the lack of facilities that were available to them but were too far away."
"And if we lose one, that's one too many."
Mr Boucher's is concerned there isn't enough being done to bring medical professionals to the area, especially with the increasing population.
"I'd like to see some sort of incentive put forward to keep GPs in the area," he said.
"They should have incentives for GPs like reduced rent for the first three years, and offer incentives for the next three years after that so there is incentive to stay in the area.
"I don't think many medical graduates in Sydney would have heard of Sanctuary Point."
Mr Boucher has a plethora of medical issues that are just a part of "getting old" and he considers himself lucky to have found a GP elsewhere in the Bay and Basin.
He is more concerned about other residents in the community who have greater difficulty accessing services.
"I've had a kidney removed, I've had cancer, cholesterol, I take eight pills every morning," he said.
"Others are struggling and they need to get out and see doctors. The argument is that we can go out to St Georges Basin or Basin View, but a lot of people don't have transport, especially the elderly.
"If there are no doctors, we at least need more regular transport, a couple of buses a day to take us outside Sanctuary Point won't be enough."
Often writing to local government members including South Coast MP Shelley Hancock, Mr Boucher said he has advocated for bringing doctors to the area for a long time.
According to a response he received in a letter from Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt, "Nowra and towns in the surrounding area are non-Distribution Priority Area."
"The issue of the health workforce in Australia is no longer a matter of undersupply but of equitable distribution," the letter outlined.
Dr Kate Manderson of Sanctuary Point Respiratory Clinic took to social media this week to express similar frustrations.
"Soon, the last of the original doctors at Sanctuary Point Medical Centre will retire," Dr Manderson wrote in a long post through the clinics Facebook page.
"In the last three years we've lost almost all our area's senior GPs...But did you know the Department of Health doesn't think that the Bay and Basin has a shortage of GPs?
"We are not a "Distribution Priority Area", which means that we have plenty of GPs and we don't need to replace the ones who have retired."
Mr Boucher and Dr Manderson both urged the community to write to politicians.
"Governments stopped listening to GPs about these issues a long time ago. But they will listen to people living in rural communities. Write to them. Tell them your GP has retired and you can't find a new one," said Dr Manderson.
South Coast MP Shelley Hancock was contacted for comment.
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