Since 2010, seventy-nine rural hospitals have closed. In fact, the rate of closure has steadily increased since sequesters and bad debt cuts began to hit rural hospitals. According to the NRHA, the rate of closures is five times higher in 2016 compared to 2010. Right now, 673 additional facilities are vulnerable and could close, representing more than one-third of rural hospitals in the U.S. If these vulnerable facilities close, it is estimated 11.7 million people will lose access to direct care.
To see how you can prevent these closures from happening, please visit NRHA Save Rural Hospitals Action Center