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Worth Watching: An Inside Look at Health Care in Rural America

Does your ZIP code determine your life and health?


Part of the Strengthening Rural Health Care for Older Adults Special Report

Vast disparities exist between the health care available to people in rural parts of the United States and urban areas. Next Avenue has long explored the specific — and often under-reported — challenges of accessing quality and timely health care in rural communities.

A new documentary from PBS’ Independent Lens called The Providers follows rural health care providers as they face a physician shortage and an opioid epidemic in rural northern New Mexico.

The award-winning film broadcast on PBS stations earlier this month and is available to stream free until April 22.

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