Almost one fifth of the US population lives in a rural area. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and other small, Rural Health Facilities (RHFs) provide vital services in rural areas and often serve as the foundations of rural health care delivery systems. Residents of rural areas face barriers to accessing health care services that include traveling long distances to seek care. Since rural hospitals are often the sole local source for patient care in rural communities, they are more likely to offer additional services that otherwise would not be accessible to residents.
Data Source: HealthIT.gov