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As newly insured seek care,
rural doctor shortage worsens

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<strong>ABOVE:</strong> Trae Hanan, 7, feels the baby in his mom Krista Hanan’s belly during her appointment with Dr. Rob Epstein, of Family Medicine of Port Angeles. “If you're not a kid or not pregnant, there are pretty much no physicians taking patients,” Epstein says of the provider shortage in his area.<br><br>
<strong>LEFT:</strong> Dr. Epstein walks down a clinic hall. Doctors at Family Medicine are seeing as many as 25 patients a day. The solution, he said, is better recruitment of rural doctors.

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ABOVE: Trae Hanan, 7, feels the baby in his mom Krista Hanan’s belly during her appointment with Dr. Rob Epstein, of Family Medicine of Port Angeles. “If you're not a kid or not pregnant, there are pretty much no physicians taking patients,” Epstein says of the provider shortage in his area.

LEFT: Dr. Epstein walks down a clinic hall. Doctors at Family Medicine are seeing as many as 25 patients a day. The solution, he said, is better recruitment of rural doctors.

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