Rural Hospitals Closing at an Alarming Rate

Publication: Healthline
Published on: February 15, 2017
Description: In recent years, many policies have chipped away at the rural health safety net that ensures that people living in remote areas still have access to healthcare.

Tags: healthcare, rural America, hospitals, hospital closures, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, rural health care safety net

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