Transforming Care Delivery to Improve Rural Health

Health Leaders: Name the most intractable problems of healthcare delivery in urban hospitals, and they are likely worse for rural hospitals.

Rural providers contend with a sparsely concentrated population that tends to be older, sicker, and poorer than urban residents. These providers often work in geographic isolation within a crumbling or nonexistent healthcare infrastructure, with fewer clinical support options and chronic staffing shortages.

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