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Kansans’ access to specialty health care providers better than 20 years ago

School nurse Windy Garrett explains the telemedicine consultation to a student at Bertram Caruthers Elementary in Kansas City, Kan. Dr. Pamela Shaw, a pediatrician at KU Medical Center, is on screen for the consultation.

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KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Twenty years ago, a patient diagnosed with cancer in Goodland, a town of about 5,000 in western Kansas, faced a 10-hour roundtrip commute to Wichita for care. Or, if he was fortunate to have out-of-state health insurance coverage, he could make a 150-mile journey to Denver, Colo.
Meanwhile, in Kansas City, a parent with a sick child might spend an hour or more boarding one bus after another, sometimes making three connections before reaching the University of Kansas Medical Center just a few miles from the child’s school.
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