Rural county seeks doctor, offers clinic for $1

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Takeaway

  • A rural county in Colorado is looking for a physician who will take over an existing clinic for $1 per year in rent.
  • The town of Fairplay in Park County, Colorado, has not had a doctor for 3 y, and a part-time nurse practitioner left in December.

Why this matters

  • That left the county of 16,000 without medical care. The closest option is 80 miles away over mountain passes.
  • The previous physician said she saw about 3500 patients each year, but never made a profit.
  • Local officials are considering creating a healthcare district and raising money for it through a sales tax.
  • Meanwhil...