Rural Hospitals Closing at an Alarming Rate

Healthline News | Written by Shawn Radcliffe | Published on February 15, 2017

In recent years, many policies have chipped away at the rural health safety net that ensures that people living in remote areas still have access to healthcare.

When Terry Fulmer’s 90-year-old aunt fell and tore her shoulder ligaments, she had surgery in Albany, a two-hour drive from her home in rural upstate New York.

“Maybe she could have gotten care in a closer town. But her daughter lives in Albany so she had to go there because that’s where she recovered. She couldn’t feed herself, she couldn’t dress herself,” said Fulmer, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., president of the John A. Hartford Foundation in New York, a foundation dedicated to improving the care of older adults.

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