States that did not expand Medicaid tend to have a greater percentage of rural hospitals that are performing poorly, according to a study by a healthcare consulting firm.
People with private medical insurance subsidize the cost of care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. One result of this system is that people without insurance get the highest bills of all.
To get their VA medical benefits, Native American veterans face long wait times plus geographic and cultural roadblocks.
The aging of the baby boomer generation is creating unprecedented demand for healthcare in both urban and rural areas.
In other presentations at the annual conference of the National Rural Health Association, a panel discusses the role of rural healthcare policy in the 2020 election.
To help recruit doctors to underserved areas, some institutions use a variety of financial incentives, including higher pay, student loan forgiveness, relocation compensation, and signing bonuses.
Rural people with disabilities will have to travel farther to undergo the more frequent benefits reviews included in the proposal. And if they lose benefits, the economic consequences will be harsher.
Rural healthcare workers are generally prepared to deal with viral epidemics, leaders in the field say. But a surge in patients and inundation by the “worried well” are among some concerns about the potential impact of the coronavirus.