Q&A: Why have rural hospitals been closing?

May 1, 2015 11:23 AM

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There are more than 4,700 hospitals in the U.S, spread about evenly between urban and rural areas. But that number has been dwindling.

More than 100 hospitals have closed since 2010, and the pace has quickened in the past couple of years. Hospitals are closing at about the same rate in urban and rural areas, but health care analysts say the effect often is more pronounced in small towns, where residents typically must travel farthe...

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