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At odds over plan to add doctors
Modesto Bee - E.J. Schultz

Community health clinics and rural hospitals in the valley struggle to attract doctors, but they are on opposite sides of legislation that seeks to fix the problem. Senate Bill 726 would relax the state ban on the hiring of doctors by hospitals, greatly expanding a pilot program that started in 2004. The bill is supported by health districts such as Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, where a top official says the change is needed to help recruit doctors seeking the security of regular paychecks.