A Country Doctor Serves Rural Communities


Medical doctor Amin Ballouz listens to Cristel Krause in her kitchen... News PhotoAdult,Aging Process,Doctor,Germany,Healthcare And Medicine,Horizontal,Human Interest,Husband,Kitchen,Listening,Looking,Men,Schwedt,Senior Adult,Social Issues,VillagePhotographer Collection: Getty Images News 2013 Getty ImagesSCHWEDT, GERMANY - APRIL 30: Medical doctor Amin Ballouz listens to Cristel Krause, 85, in her kitchen as her husband Wladislaw, 90, looks on during a housecall on April 30, 2013 in the village of Gratz 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. (Photo by Theo Heimann/Getty Images)