Clinic shutdowns hit tiny towns hard
Clinic shutdowns hit tiny towns hard

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Since the town’s clinic closed last year, residents of tiny Doyle, California, now have to travel more than 40 miles one-way to see a doctor. We look at health access in California’s far north, where the lagging economy has forced six rural clinics to close their doors and left the poor and elderly increasingly shut out from health care.


A few rural clinics are resolved to stay open

Last summer, the leadership of Anderson Valley Health Center received alarming news. Under the new state budget, they were to lose $350,000 – nearly a third of their revenue.

Two tiny towns struggle after their clinics close

DOYLE – Just before the turnoff into this tiny community, near the shuttered Burger Barn, a sign announcing Doyle's existence also hints at its fade toward oblivion.


Jocelyn Wiener

Jocelyn Wiener is an Oakland-based writer for the Center for Health Reporting.

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