Choosing Change for Health Care
Moreover, by many estimates, nearly half of the under-insured are facing collection or legal action over medical debts, increasing financial stress for rural families and rural health care providers. All of these issues conspire against rural America's web of small hospitals, clinics and nursing homes, bringing some close to the brink of closure. Thin financial margins also prevent rural facilities from making crucial investments in technology and physical plant upgrades.
Changing these circumstances is essential if the promise of health care reform is to be fulfilled.