Introduction
The Health of Rural America
Barriers to Rural Health Care
Action Points
Resources
Electronic Library
Acknowledgments
   
BARRIERS TO RURAL HEALTH CARE (1 OF 12)


Accessibility to Health Care - Patients in some rural or frontier areas have to overcome obstacles such as geographic and climatic barriers in order to receive health care.

  • People living in rural areas are exposed to a variety of geographic and climatic barriers such as mountainous terrain, large bodies of water, hazardous traveling conditions or extreme cold that may prevent them from accessing their usual source of health care.

  • While most rural hospitals are in relatively close proximity to other health-care facilities, hospitals that are located in more rugged terrain, or in areas where populations are less dense, are much farther apart.

  • Even in well-populated rural areas, lack of public transportation systems prevent patients from receiving health care.
 
     

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