Rural America Facing a Medical Access Issue

When a hospital closes for business, the ripple effect extends near and far. Existing patients, the closing hospital’s nearby residents, the medical facilities that will tend to these residents — all are forced to make unique decisions, based on that one closing.   

Investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have studied this ripple effect. They examined how hospital closures in the U.S. — 106 in the past decade — affected medical services. They found that some…

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