Country doctors, new generation

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Telemedicine aims to fight against medical deserts.

(Illustrative image) THIERRY ZOCCOLAN / AFP

By: Carlotta Morteo Follow

21 mins

How to attract young doctors to the countryside in order to fight against medical deserts?

In Ardèche, a landlocked department in the south of the Massif Central, a third of the doctors are over 65 years old.

In five years, they will retire, and cannot find a replacement.

A time bomb that elected officials and local health professionals are trying to defuse.

Thanks to telemedicine, teamwork and word of mouth, medicine in rural areas is reinventing itself.

(Replay of February 18, 2021)


"Country doctors, new generation", a great report by Carlotta Morteo.


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