Access to Specialty Care for Medicare Beneficiaries in Rural Communities


Access to care is a challenge in many rural communities and can be an issue for primary care services but also for specialty care services. However, there is limited information on access to specialty care providers in rural areas and the barriers rural Medicare beneficiaries may face in obtaining these services. This policy brief presents findings from an online survey of Rural Health Clinics describing access issues for rural Medicare beneficiaries in seeking care from specialty care providers.

University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Megan Lahr, Hannah Neprash, Carrie Henning-Smith, Mariana Tuttle, Ashley Hernandez