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Resource ID: #18496
Subject: Health Care
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Date: 2025-06-24



The Post Dispatch reports on the problems of the small, federally funded and nonprofit community clinics designed for the needs of low-income uninsured patients. These clinics have become primary caregivers in rural areas, the story finds, as the number of uninsured in Missouri has soared since 1999. The article reveals that the centers themselves scramble for funding and qualified personnel, and many continue to operate only due to the services of some doctors and nurses working for free. Most doctors in the community clinics are immigrants because American doctors don't want to work in rural areas. The story depicts the dare needs of uninsured patients who - being unable to pay for doctor's visits - have neglected their illnesses for years.

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