Cheat Sheet

The Dire State of Rural Health Care

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    Key Takeaways
    • Rural residents on average are older, experience elevated clinical challenges, and are less able to access and afford care.
    • Rural patients of color experience even more acute health inequities, with few social safety net programs to alleviate social determinants of health.
    • Rural hospitals are increasingly shuttering, while nearly half of remaining hospitals operate in the red, threatening the livelihood of their surrounding communities.

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