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Health clinic wants Pendleton to help recruit doctors

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PENDLETON, Ore.  A leader of a health clinic wants the city of Pendleton to help him recruit a dozen doctors, dentists, and physician assistants.

Cesareo Texidor of the Center for Women and the Family says Medicare and Medicaid patients are having severe trouble finding doctors in Pendleton, and patients at the clinic can wait months for appointments to see the obstetrician and gynecologist.

Russell Harrison, a doctor with Pendleton Family Medicine, says some physicians work with Medicare and Medicaid patients but limit the number they see.

City Manager Robb Corbett says the only city funds Texidor would be able to secure are in loans.

Texidor says he also wants to participate in a federal program that helps doctors pay off student loans by practicing in rural areas.