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Medical doctor chats with local residents while making housecalls
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SCHWEDT, GERMANY: Medical doctor Amin Ballouz chats with local residents while making housecalls on April 30, 2013 in the village of Gartz an der Oder near Schwedt, Germany. Ballouz was born in Lebanon and moved to Germany as a child, and has had a general practitioner's practice in the small, east German town of Schwedt since 2010. Many of his patients are elderly and live in small villages in the region around Schwedt and Ballouz travels daily in one of his five Trabant cars to pay housecalls. Eastern Germany faces a chronic shortage of country doctors to serve rural communities.