Access To Obstetric Services In Rural Counties Still Declining, With 9 Percent Losing Services, 2004-14

Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
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Author(s): Hung P., Henning-Smith C.E., Casey M.M, Kozhimannil K.B.

Recent closures of rural obstetric units and entire hospitals have exacerbated concerns about access to care for more than twenty-eight million women of reproductive age living in rural America. Using national data, we found that 9 percent of rural counties experienced the loss of all hospital obstetric services in the period 2004-14. 

Published in: Health Affairs

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