Health Care For Rural Areas

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Health Care Factors in Rural Areas Waileia Botelho & Sarah Ferguson Leilehua High School February 24, 2015 Table of Contents Abstract ............................................................................................................................................2 Access .......................................................................................................................................... 3-4 Commute...................................................................................................................................... 4-5 Community .................................................................................................................................. 5-6 Conclusion…show more content…
2 Health Care Factors in Rural Areas Health care is ultimately one of the most important factors in life because it is needed for one to lead a long, healthy life. However, not all populations can receive the same quality of health care, namely rural regions. Health care facilities try to accommodate patients as equally as possible, but some facilities are unable to keep up with the rising demands in healthcare due to limiting factors in that particular region. Rural areas have a plethora of factors that may hinder the distribution of health care in America. Due to the inability of distributing equal health care throughout rural regions, access, commute, and community are three factors health care systems must consider. Access Every person should be able to obtain equal health care opportunities. However, even though a quarter of America’s population lives in rural areas, there are disparities between the amount of health care facilities and physicians to patients (National Rural Health Association, 2007-15). 62 million Americans do not have equal access to health care (Dunn, 2013). That is a lot of patients who are untreated or insufficiently treated and diagnosed. Of the 4,973 hospitals in America, only 35% serve rural areas as rural hospitals (Dunn, 2013). This statistic exemplifies how
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