Inforgraphic of rural health care stats (Click to enlarge)

Rural residents are less likely to describe themselves as being in good health than their urban and suburban counterparts, and they face more challenges when accessing health care, according to a national consumer survey by the Transamerica Center for Health Studies.

Rural America is becoming a medical desert, with more than 125 U.S. rural hospitals closing in the last decade, the report states.  And the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the situation and raising concerns about the accessibility of health care in rural areas.

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Charles Toutant

Charles Toutant is a litigation writer for the New Jersey Law Journal.

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