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Quality of Care Challenges for Rural Health

Publication Date: May 7th, 2000
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
Topic(s): ,
Author(s): Moscovice, I. & Rosenblatt, R.

Journal of Rural Health 16:168-177, 2000.

The purpose of this article is to examine the issue of quality of care in rural America and to help others examine this issue in a way that is consistent with the very real challenges faced by rural communities in ensuring the availability of adequate health services. Rural citizens have a right to expect that their local health care meets certain basic standards. Unless rural providers can document that the quality of local health care meets objective external standards, third-party payers might refuse to contract with rural providers, and increasingly sophisticated consumers might leave their communities for basic medical care services.

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