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A reporter set out to do a set of stories on the difficulties Merced County residents already... more »
posted 12/13/17
In California’s Merced County, residents are more likely to be exposed to tobacco, suffer from... more »
posted 03/07/17

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Even if the county ever gets a medical school, it is a long-term goal years away and many low-income patients need solutions now.
For years Merced County has struggled to convince doctors to come live and work in the rural, impoverished Central Valley community, resulting in a ratio of about 45 doctors for every 100,000 residents.
Horisons Unlimited Health Care filed for bankruptcy and closed all eight of its clinics, including five in Merced County. About 80 percent of Horisons patients were on Medi-Cal.