Gas prices ground visiting nurses

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Soaring gas prices are driving some of North Carolina's visiting nurses off the road. Others are refusing to take on new patients. The trend, service providers warn, could increase health care costs and force critically ill patients to leave home.

Naisha David, a nurse's aide at Good Health Services in Raleigh, said she no longer accepts cases in some outlying areas.

"Gas is just so high that you can't afford to travel the distance, even though we may love what we do," she said.

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