Arguing for Rural Health: Justice and Fairness in Advocating for Rural Health Policy

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June 2002

The development of policy for rural health care in the United States has occurred in a reactive manner. Within rural health advocacy, there little attention has been paid to the structure of the arguments that are presented, however logical or effective they are. The basic research question to be answered in this project is "how can arguments for or against special treatment of rural communities best be structured?" The approach to answering this question will be to explore the currently used justifications and arguments and compare them to other, similar or related arguments. This will be accomplished by a focused literature review that uses the concepts of advocacy, interest group politics, justice, ethics, frontier, rural, health, and policy as the central search terms and concepts. An alternative approach to arguing for rural health will then be proposed.