From the AP:
There doesn’t appear to be market incentive for many of the stand-alone centers to open in rural areas that are home to poorer populations. At least 45 hospitals in less populated parts of the U.S. have closed since 2010, and a quarter of those were in Texas, according to the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals.
So far, the freestanding ERs have not filled the void left by those closings.
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