Rural hospitals provide essential health care services to nearly 51 million people. Because of their size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentages of Medicare patients, small and rural hospitals disproportionately rely on government payments.
Rural hospitals are a crucial local access point for urgent medical services, primary care and prevention in their communities.
Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access to High-quality, Affordable Care
The American Hospital Association’s 2019 Public Policy Advocacy Agenda seeks to continue to positively influence the public policy environment for patients,…