Rural hospital closings lifting mortality rates: study

Rural hospital closings lifting mortality rates: study

por Thomas Dworetzky, Contributing Reporter | September 20, 2019

Issues other than those concerning health appear to play a major role. "Your conclusion on this issue often depends on what state you’re in," Pink told NBC, "and the political ideology of the person you’re talking to."

Regardless of politics, the healthcare challenge remains. Advised Dickey, "the kinds of things you can do in a small hospital have shrunk down substantially, and we have not taken the time and energy to say, ‘How do we revamp how we deliver health care when so much that we deliver is high-tech care?’”

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In February, a Navigant Healthcare study found that one in five rural hospitals in the U.S. are at high risk of closing, yet 64 percent of them are crucial to the health and economic success of their communities.

The study evaluated over 2,000 rural hospitals around the country and found that 21 percent are at a high risk of closing based on their total operating margins, days cash on hand and debit-to-capitalization ratio. That means that 430 hospitals in 43 states that employ 150,000 individuals are in danger of shutting down.

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