Losing Rural Health Care
Last updated 1/15/2020 at 2:52pm
A story entitled “Rural County Buys Its Own Medical Machines” on Page 9A in today’s paper about Graham County purchasing its own CT and mammogram machines reflects the complexity of issues that make rural health care problematic.
Graham County, which borders Tennessee, has a population of 8,500 people. With so few people in this remote county, it is cost prohibitive for private physicians and medical groups to work there. As a result, the county has just four physicians. The nearest hospital is an hour away and there are no specialists nearby. It is a health care desert.