Politics & Government

October 9, 2009

Rural hospitals fear health care overhaul won't help them

The Peach County Regional Medical Center, a small, Cold War-era hospital in Fort Valley, Ga., 40 miles from the nearest trauma center in Macon, is in critical condition. Medical specialists who are hard to recruit to rural areas often take one look at the hospital's worn and soiled carpet and peeling wallpaper and decide to hang their shingles elsewhere. The emergency room has only five beds, so when patients with serious injuries or illnesses are admitted, other less critical patients must move. Administrators at rural facilities like Peach County Regional are closely watching the health care debate in Washington.

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