The Challenges of Rural Health
Rural communities have fewer doctors, nurses and medical facilities per person than the country as a whole. Some rural hospitals have closed, leaving large geographic areas without local services. And the population is older, sicker, more likely to have unhealthy habits like tobacco use and less likely to have access to reliable transportation to get to their appointments.
Rural healthcare is a challenge. But is it all doom and gloom? John and David share their thoughts.
(1:20) Reviewing the statistics on rural health
(1:57) Do social determinants of health contribute to rural health
(5:42) Challenges rural health faces
(7:09) The difference in healthcare delivery
(12:25) What’s going on with rural hospital closures?
(15:16) Opportunities to innovate emergency services
CareTalk is a weekly podcast that provides an incisive, no B.S. view of the US healthcare industry. Join co-hosts John Driscoll (President U.S. Healthcare and EVP, Walgreens Boots Alliance) and David Williams (President, Health Business Group) as they debate the latest in US healthcare news, business and policy.
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