Alabama veterinarian

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Advocates working to fix problems with rural health care say Alabama is ground zero nationally. Studies say Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S. The state also leads the nation for diabetes. Alabama is also home to Gadsden which had the lowest life expectancy in the nation in 2016. Despite all this, rural hospitals in the state receive among the lowest reimbursements nationally from Medicare. That’s blamed for eighty percent of Alabama’s hospitals that are operating in the red.

Operators of some nonprofit clinics that spay and neuter animals say new rules being considered by a state board could cause them to close their doors.

The Birmingham News reports (http://bit.ly/Uy6Wib) that the proposed rules are under consideration by the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.

If approved, the rules would prohibit non-veterinarians from hiring veterinarians and would prohibit non-veterinarians, including non-profit groups, from owning veterinarian equipment.