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Study Finds Rural Americans Face Longer Travel Times to Hospitals Than Urban Residents

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Rural Americans are more likely than people in urban and suburban areas to say access to good doctors and hospitals is a major problem in their community. Nearly a quarter (23%) of Americans in rural areas say this, compared with 18% of urbanites and 9% of suburbanites, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted earlier this year. One factor that may contribute to this view is that getting to a hospital is a longer trip – both in distance and time – for people in rural areas than those in suburbs and cities. This analysis aims to provide a concrete measure of the distance between Americans and their closest hospital in different community types across the United States. (Without a measure of the quality and range of care provided at each hospital, the authors cannot comment about how access to hospitals translates to well-being.)

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Pew Research Center:  How far Americans live from the closest hospital differs by community type

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