Why health care is still hard to come by in rural towns near Texas’ larger cities | Community

RALLS — On a map, this small Southern Plains town looks well-positioned for residents to find health care. With nearly 1,700 residents, Ralls is nestled between Crosbyton, about 10 miles away, and Lubbock, about 30 miles away, both of which have hospitals and emergency departments.

But being close to a larger city makes getting health care more difficult. As Lubbock rapidly grew and reached, the city inadvertently drained patients, doctors, and businesses from nearby towns.

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