Report Underscores the Struggle of Rural Hospitals

An estimated 430 rural hospitals, including 17 in Iowa, are in danger of closing unless their financial outlook improves, a situation that has broad ramifications not just for access to health care but those communities’ economic livelihoods. Dozens of rural hospitals have already closed nationwide this decade. About two-thirds of rural hospitals now at high risk of shuttering are considered essential because they serve vulnerable populations, are geographically isolated and employ a sizeable share of residents.

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