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Two tiny Northern California towns struggle after their clinics close
Sacramento Bee

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. Underneath the name of the local clinic, Doyle Family Practice, someone has added the words: “Temporarily closed.”

Last summer, state budget cuts forced the Doyle clinic – along with five other rural health or dental clinics in far Northern California – to close. Since then, the isolated stretch of highway connecting this high desert community in Lassen County to Susanville, 42 miles northwest, and Reno, 46 miles southeast, has become a major obstacle for people in need of health care.