Rural Hospitals

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Democrats are divided about how much of America’s health insurance should be run by the government. That’s leaving some industry groups worried about the future of Virginia’s rural hospitals.


More than half of Virginia’s rural hospitals are losing money, and two have closed since 2013 according to the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association.  The challenge of operating medical centers outside of big cities is real.  But despite those problems, communities are hoping to hold onto their hospitals.

Jeff Bossert

It’s been nine months since the rural southwest Virginia city of Stuart saw its only hospital close its doors.  The facility’s temporary owner is seeking a buyer.  In the meantime, local residents now face longer trips for care.

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Rural Virginia hospitals may end up playing a significant role in the ongoing debate over Medicaid expansion.