The Importance of Surgery to Rural Hospital Financial Condition and Market Share

This study explores the provision of surgical services in rural hospitals and its relationship to financial performance. The percentage of rural hospitals that offer surgical services and the number that have discontinued surgical services over the last decade will be described, and, for those that have discontinued services, the impact on financial condition will be explored

Principal Investigator: Rebecca Slifkin, PhD

Funder: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

Total Project Period: 9/1/09 – 8/31/10