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Slide Presentation from the AHRQ 2007 Annual Conference

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Background and Significance: Rural Hospitals

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  • Approximately 50 million people in the U.S. live in rural areas
  • Rural communities are served by about 2000 rural hospitals.
  • Residents of rural areas are less healthy than urban residents on most measures of health status.
  • Rural hospitals play a critical role in their communities by:
    • Providing access to health care;
    • Serving as a hub for public health, wellness, and social services;
    • Providing jobs, recruiting health practitioners, making communities more attractive places to live and work.

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