For most rural Americans is very difficult obtaining Medical Coverage and Medical services, which causes them not to go to medical centers and obtain the help they need.
Not Covered Medically
Rural Americans are less likely to to have provided health care coverage or difficulty obtaining high quality care ,which leads to low health in rural Americans.
- Remote rural residents are less likely to be offered health benefits
- Only 59 percent of workers in rural non-adjacent counties are offered employer-sponsored health insurance, compared to 69 percent of urban workers, and less than half of workers in rural non-adjacent counties are covered by their employers (compared to nearly 60 percent of urban workers).
Below Poverty Level
- The rural economy depends on low-wage work and small businesses.
- Rural Americans are more likely to live below poverty level.
Which leads to a higher rate of uninsured because of market and public policy
failures peculiar to that type of economy, namely the cost of health benefits
and a lack of affordable benefit options.
- Nearly 85 percent of U.S. residents can reach a level one or level two
trauma center within an hour, but only 24 percent of residents in rural areas
have access within that time frame.
• Injury-related deaths are 40 percent higher in rural communities than in urban areas.
- The relative risk of a rural victim dying in a motor vehicle crash is 15 times higher than in urban areas, after adjusting for crash characteristics, age and gender.
- Eighty-seven percent of rural pediatric trauma deaths did not survive to reach the hospital.