Rural Health Care Costs: Are They Higher and Why Might They Differ from Urban Health Care Costs?

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Do health care costs differ between rural and urban populations, and if so, why might that be? Rural Americans are more vulnerable than their urban counterparts, which could lead us to suspect rural health care costs are higher. However, the answer may differ depending on how costs are measured and who is paying.

By Dunc Williams Jr, MHA, MTS and Mark Holmes, PhD

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