Rural Report 2019

Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access to High-quality, Affordable Care


Across the nation, rural communities have experienced persistent, recent and emergent challenges that threaten rural hospitals’ ability to maintain access to health care services in their communities. The report, Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access to High-quality, Affordable Care, underscores the importance of local access to essential health services, as well as the economic impact rural hospitals have on their communities.

The challenges faced by rural hospitals are complex, requiring policymakers, providers and communities to work together, innovate and leverage unique strategies to pave the way for the future of rural health care.
 

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