Importance of Surgery to Rural Hospital Financial Condition and Market Share
This study explores the current provision of surgical services in rural hospitals. Questions answered will include the percentage of rural hospitals that offer surgical services; the number that have discontinued or cut back on surgical services over the last decade; whether the presence or absence of surgical services is related to market characteristics such as size, proximity to a larger hospital, or remoteness; and, whether discontinuation of surgical services result in a change in hospital profitability, liquidity, capital structure, and/or market area. Products from this project will include a final report, a Findings Brief, and a paper for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.
Trends in the Provision of Surgery by Rural Hospitals
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
This findings brief describes trends in the provision of surgery by rural hospitals.