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Rural Hospital Closures Reduce Access to Emergency Care

Description
Recognizes the importance of hospital and emergency care services in providing healthcare in rural communities, and discusses the current hospital closure rate. Uses federal data to compare the financial viability of rural and urban hospitals, and the availability of emergency care in rural communities. Suggests policy recommendations for improving access to healthcare and emergency care for rural populations.
Author(s)
Tarun Ramesh, Emily Gee
Date
09/2019
Type
Document
Organization
Center for American Progress
Tagged as
Access · Closures of healthcare facilities and services · Critical Access Hospitals · Emergency department and urgent care services · Hospitals · Medicaid · Medicare · Rural-urban differences · Statistics and data