Understanding Rural Hospital Bypass Behavior

Publication Date: June 1st, 2003
Publication Type(s): Peer-reviewed Journal Publications
Author(s): Radcliff, T., Brasure, M., Moscovice, I. and Stensland, J.

Journal of Rural Health 19:252-259, 2003.

Though many rural hospitals offer a broad array of services, local residents may choose more distant facilities for inpatient care services. Depending on the extent of the bypass phenomenon, hospitals may experience financial distress, reduced service offerings, or closure.This study provides a descriptive analysis of rural hospital bypass behavior in 7 states.

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