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Libby's Asbestos Clinic Feeling Strain Of Success

LIBBY, Mont. - The increased demand for treatment for asbestos-related diseases has strained the limited resources of the clinic that specializes in caring for the asbestos victims of Libby.

Resident Red Busby says screenings that used to take place every six months started being scheduled once a year, and now it will be a year and a half between checkups for him. The demand for the Center for Asbestos Related Disease's services could increase even more because of a recent expansion of Medicare coverage to specifically include Libby's victims.

The clinic has one full-time doctor, about a dozen staff members and recently completed a $1 million expansion. Brad Black, the clinic's physician, says they are urgently seeking another doctor to help with patient care and research.

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