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Access to Health Care in the Mountain West

The American Hospital Association is out with new findings on the availability of health care professionals in rural America.  A consortium of public radio stations in the  Mountain West  has analyzed the data and has discovered the following:

  • Access to local mental health professionals is seriously lacking in rural Colorado.    Colorado ranks 9th in suicides among the states.
  • Rural areas have the highest suicide rates according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as a high concentration of veterans, who experience higher rates of suicide than non-veterans.
  • Rural hospitals in the Mountain West are not closing at the same rate as rural hospitals in other parts of the country.  Medicaid expansion is considered one of the major contributing factors to this finding.
  • Fewer counties in Colorado are without access to primary care.  According to Rural Health Information Hub, 15 Colorado counties out of the state’s 64 are designated as “whole county shortage areas”.  Using 2015 data,  five counties have no primary care physician within the county and 10 have one physician only.

Read more at Rural Health Information Hub.

Read primary care statistics at Rural Health Information Hub.

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