June 24, 2024

Rural hospitals contend with challenging opportunities

Rural hospitals in the US have been facing a prolonged, multifaceted crisis. The literature presents several reasons for why healthcare facilities in rural areas struggle, including shrinking budgets, rising chronic illness and public health issues like addiction and obesity, poor telehealth and broadband access, aging populations, deteriorating mental health, and outdated infrastructure. The lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and soaring consumer prices have only exacerbated challenges for healthcare staff.

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