Rural Health in the United States

Paperback | September 15, 1999

EditorThomas C. Ricketts

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Many of the 61 million people who live in rural America have limited access to health care. Almost a quarter of the nation's population lives in rural places yet only an eighth of our doctors work there. Sponsored by the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy, this unique book provides the factsabout this imbalance and interprets them in the context of government programs that promote the placement of doctors and the operation of hospitals in rural places while paying them less to treat Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. The authors' comprehensive analysis of rural health care deliveryshows where there are differences in rates of death and disease between rural areas using maps, graphs, and plain-English descriptions. The book provides a thorough look at health care in rural America, giving a snapshot of how doctors, hospitals, and technology are unevenly distributed outside thenation's metropolitan areas.

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Many of the 61 million people who live in rural America have limited access to health care. Almost a quarter of the nation's population lives in rural places yet only an eighth of our doctors work there. Sponsored by the U.S. Office of Rural Health Policy, this unique book provides the factsabout this imbalance and interprets them in t...

Thomas C. Ricketts is at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:September 15, 1999Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195131282

ISBN - 13:9780195131284

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Table of Contents

1. Populations and Places in Rural American2. Access to Care for Rural Patients3. Physicians and Rural America4. Nonphysician Professionals and Rural America5. Federal Programs and Rural Health6. Medicare Programs in Rural Areas7. State Laws and Programs that Affect Rural Health Delivery8. Medicaid Mananged Care in Rural Areas9. Hospitals in Rural America10. Rural Managed Care11. Rural Health Care Networks12. Rural Maternal and Perinatal Health13. Rural Children's Health14. Mental Health and Substance Abuse15. Rural Elderly and Long Term CareEpilogue