Episode from the podcastThe Indicator from Planet Money

Rural Hospitals: The Waiting Game

Released Wednesday, 15th April 2020
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Rural hospitals already walk a scalpel's edge between solvency and collapse. Coronavirus threatens to push many of them over the brink.
This hasn’t been an easy listen. Hospitals are almost like community centers in rural communities in addition to providing an enhanced accessibility to medical care. The paradox is such facilities are too expensive to run thanks to the low numbers of those who benefit from them in comparison to hospitals in larger communities/cities. Understandably, rerouting resources in a crisis is needed and therefore communities that are hit harder would be allocated more resources which leave those vulnerable, yet safe communities with the possibility of hospitals’ closure. Such a complex situation!
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