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Why Rural Hospitals Are So Endangered

American Hospital Association

Your health is at somewhat greater risk if you live in a rural area.  Not so much because of rural conditions, but more because of rural health care: hospitals and doctors are few and far between. 

And the hospitals are getting fewer and farther between: 19 rural hospitals closed across the country last year, a trend that is on the upswing.  

The Chartis Center for Rural Health monitors the situation and recently assembled a report on rural hospital vulnerability.  Michael Topchik from CCRH visits with details.


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