Introduction
The Health of Rural America
Barriers to Rural Health Care
Action Points
Resources
Electronic Library
Acknowledgments
   
BARRIERS TO RURAL HEALTH CARE (2 OF 12)


Affordability of Health Care - The rising costs of health care coupled with the lower incomes present in rural areas make it difficult for families to afford acute, chronic and preventive health care.

  • Despite popular belief, poverty is more widespread in rural areas than in urban areas. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2000 the poverty rate was 13.4% in rural areas compared to 10.6% in urban areas.

  • The average income in nonmetropolitan areas in 2000 was only 65% of that in metropolitan areas.

    Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Oct. 11, 2001.
 
     

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