The facts are staggering. While 20 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 9 percent of the nation’s physicians practice there. And in Colorado, the story is more disturbing.
Consider the prostate cancer patient who needed to undergo radiation treatment, yet the closest treatment option was in Pueblo, an hour-and-a-half away. The combination of $4-per-gallon gas prices and a grueling 130-mile daily roundtrip drive that he felt too ill to undertake, made treatment just too difficult for him. Consequently, he went without treatment. And not surprisingly, he died.
This is just one story. But there are hundreds of other similar stories.
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