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For millions of Americans, emergency hospital services are 30-plus miles away
8/7/2017
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Nearly 30 million Americans are an hour or more from trauma care and a new analysis finds 16% of mainland US residents need to travel at least 30 miles to get to the nearest hospital. The number of hospital deserts has grown in recent years as rural hospitals struggle to continue operating, with data from the University of North Carolina's rural health research program showing that 81 rural hospitals have stopped operations since 2010, and another 673 are considered vulnerable.

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