Health Differences and Availability in Urban and Rural Areas

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People throughout their lives hear about “city folks” and “country folks”. Whether it was that city people were snobby or country people were dumb, there have been biases against both. However, many people do not know the definition of urban and rural, nor do they know about how healthcare differentiates between the two. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of urban is “of, relating to, characteristic of, constituting a city. (Merriam-Webster). Rural is defined as “of or relating to the country.” (Merriam-Webster). There are 312,486,525 people living in America as of October 24, 2011 at 4:20p.m. (Unknown). Approximately 65 million Americans live where there are not enough primary care providers. (Herzer and…show more content…
If the area or town was lucky enough to have a hospital around close by, it would not be equipped as well as an urban hospital would. They would not have the latest technology or equipment. There is also the difference of doctor’s offices. In urban doctor offices, because there are so many people coming and going and time is limited, people are treated as a patient, not as an individual person. They are rushed in and rushed right back out. But in a doctor’s office in a rural area, people are seen as a person before they are a patient. As stated in an article by Staiti A. J. Reschovsky, “Across multiple aspects of care delivered, rural physicians report greater ability to deliver quality care than urban physicians. Rural patients similarly express greater trust in their physicians and provide higher rating to their physician’s performance than their urban counterparts. (Reschovsky). Another difference in urban and rural health care is that there are higher death rates from unintentional injuries, suicide, and chronic pulmonary disease in rural areas. (Eberhardt and Pamuk). This is due to health care facilities not being well enough equipped or prepared when a life threatening emergency occurs. It is also due to having to travel to the nearest hospital or appropriate doctor’s office when injured or sick. If a person is hemorrhaging or injured really badly there is a very good chance they
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