Healthcare in Rural Areas: The Key Challenges

Topic: Public Health
Words: 145 Pages: 1

Despite the intention to promote equality and fairness in American society, health care quality significantly differs in rural and urban areas. More than 50 million people live in non-metropolitan or rural regions today, and all expect to obtain high-quality care and the possibility to protect their physical and emotional well-being (Coughlin et al., 2019). Unfortunately, healthcare is worse in rural areas because of different reasons. Coughlin et al. (2019) mention the challenge of long travel times to reach the necessary care facility because of a shortage of care professionals locally. In addition, low incomes, poor knowledge, and limited health literacy might explain rural health problems (Coughlin et al., 2019). Most rural citizens prefer hard work over rest, neglect many preventive measures, and forget about health insurance compared to urban citizens. Thus, workforce shortages and negligence of basic rules promote bad health care in rural regions.


Coughlin, S. S., Clary, C., Johnson, J. A., Berman, A., Heboyan, V., Benevides, T., Moore, J., & George, V. (2019). Continuing challenges in rural health in the United States. Journal of Environment and Health Sciences, 5(2), 90-92.

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