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Saving rural hospitals will improve quality of life

We’re all familiar with the skyrocketing wealth inequality in the U.S. But health care is another growing area of inequality that doesn’t get talked about as much, perhaps because those most affected by the change primarily live in rural areas.

One in 20 rural hospitals in the U.S. have closed in less than a decade, and one in five of those still open are at high risk of closing in the near future, especially if the economy takes a turn for the worse, according to a new report from Navigant Consulting.