Patterns of Inpatient Care-Seeking by Rural Residents
The degree to which a community uses a hospital other than its local rural hospital – the bypass rate – is negatively correlated with the financial sustainability of the hospital. In an era of increasing financial pressure, an understanding of inpatient care-seeking behavior by rural residents can provide insight into drivers of bypass rates.
Patterns of Hospital Bypass and Inpatient Care-Seeking by Rural Residents
North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Hospital bypass, the tendency of local rural residents to not seek care at their closest hospital, is thought to be a contributing factor for rural hospital closure. The purpose of this brief is to update the knowledge base of determinants of bypass behavior by analyzing state inpatient data from 2014-2016.