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National Rural Health Day

Celebrate the Power of Rural”
November 20th, 2014

Rural communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why nearly 62 million people (nearly 1/5 of Americans) call them home. But these rural communities have unique and growing healthcare needs. Today more than ever, they must address accessibility issues, a lack of healthcare providers, the needs of an aging population and larger percentages of underinsured citizens. Rural hospitals struggle daily as declining reimbursement rates and disproportionate funding levels make it challenging to serve their residents.

National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the community-minded spirit that prevails in rural American healthcare while bringing to light challenges it faces.

The Reality of Rural Healthcare:

  • There are 4,118 primary care health professional shortage areas in U.S. rural communities compared to 1,960 in metropolitan areas.
  • Only 9% of all physicians practice in rural settings.
  • Rural healthcare centers are typically the economic foundation of their communities. Every dollar spent on rural hospitals generates about $2.20 for the local economy.
  • Only 24% of residents living in rural areas can reach a Level I or Level II trauma center within an hour, compared to 85% of U.S. residents who can.

(Information published on National Rural Health Day's website

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