Medicare Payments to Rural Areas For many years, doctors and hospitals in rural areas have complained that they receive lower payments from the federal Medicare program than their counterparts in big cities. Now, there's a move in Congress to address the gap. NPR's Howard Berkes reports on the situation in Clarke County, Ala., where doctors and hospitals are struggling.
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Medicare Payments to Rural Areas

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Medicare Payments to Rural Areas

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For many years, doctors and hospitals in rural areas have complained that they receive lower payments from the federal Medicare program than their counterparts in big cities. Now, there's a move in Congress to address the gap. NPR's Howard Berkes reports on the situation in Clarke County, Ala., where doctors and hospitals are struggling.