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Rural areas push to end ban on hiring doctors
Sacramento Bee

Pioneers rushed to the Sierra Nevada foothills generations ago to strike it rich. But the region has hardly been a gold mine for Dr. Bob Hartmann, a rural practitioner whose livelihood partly depends on serving the aged, poor and uninsured in Amador County. “There’s no guarantee of income,” said Hartmann, 60, who makes house calls in a lime-colored Volkswagen Beetle. “Physicians in rural areas make significantly less money than doctors in the urban areas.”

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