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FQHCs and Rural Health Clinics Can’t Catch a Break


Preventable diseases are deadlier in rural America than in urban areas, a new CDC report says.

Data: CDC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

The big picture: More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and the system often works against them in nearly every dimension of care, Axios’ Marisa Fernandez writes.

By the numbers: Percentages of preventable deaths in rural areas either mildly decreased between 2010 and 2017 or got worse, while urban counties saw significant decreases across the board.
• Rural Americans tend to be older and sicker, with higher rates of cigarette smoking, high blood pressure and obesity.
• Preventable deaths from cancer have gone down overall. Still, nearly two-thirds of deaths from unintentional injury in the most rural counties were potentially preventable in 2017.

Rural areas face access challenges, too, including a spate hospital closures and low retention of doctors.

Go deeper: The dire state of rural mental health care

Source: AxiosUpdate Nov 8 2019

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