Rural Hospital Closures Rise to Ninety-Eight

From Rural Health Voices:

After a brief break in rural hospital closures, the numbers began to rapidly rise this summer. The rash of closures has only continued as temperatures have dropped, leaving hundreds more rural American out in the cold. Just last week, two more rural hospitals closed, bringing the number of rural hospital closures up to 98 since 2010. Hundreds more are likely to follow. Currently, 46% of rural hospitals operate at a loss, compared to 44% in 2018 and 40% in 2017. Due to financial strains, nearly 700 rural hospitals are financially vulnerable and at high risk of closure.

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