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Finding specialists tough for rural patients under managed care
San Francisco Chronicle

Diane Kantoff’s job is to find specialists who will treat patients of the Plumas District Hospital Clinic in this quaint little town in the woods 80 miles northwest of Reno.

These days, she said, when it comes to patients on Medi-Cal, doctors’ offices frequently tell her “no” before she is even done speaking.

“It’s just been kind of a nightmare,” she said.

Her lament feels all too familiar to other health workers in rural Plumas.