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Health Care Aug. 2015

A Coming Storm: Arizona’s nursing shortage

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Arizona’s health care system may experience some cloudy days as the state may soon face its greatest nursing shortage since the 1970s. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, 16 states are not going to have an adequate supply of nurses by the year 2025.

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Facing rising dental costs, seniors head to Mexico

A street full of dental offices is seen in Los Algodones, Mexico, which sits on the border with California. Thousands of Americans and Canadians travel to Los Algodones each year for affordable and reliable dental work from dentists who speak English and sometimes accept U.S. insurance. The trip, even counting the travel cost, is often more affordable than getting dental care in the United States. (AP photo)

Mark Bolzern traveled 3,700 miles to go to the dentist. The 56-year-old Anchorage, Alaska, native left home this spring, made a pit stop in Las Vegas to pick up a friend, and kept heading south, all the way to Los Algodones, Mexico, a small border town teeming with dental offices.

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