How to Help End Rural America's Physician Shortage
Physician shortages in rural America are sustaining. To help fix this, states should remove some barriers to entry for foreign physicians.
Access to rural hospitals has been deteriorating for years. Low patient volumes and substantial reliance on government payers have made rural hospitals increasingly susceptible to pandemic-induced financial pressures. It all came to a head in 2020, when a record high of 20 rural hospitals closed in a single year — that’s 14% of all hospital closures in the last decade.