The Dire State of Rural Health Care
April 22, 2020
10 Minute Read
- 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.