Higher uninsured rates and workforce shortages in rural
areas suggest that rural residents face greater barriers
to accessing healthcare than their urban counterparts.
Analysis of the 2006 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
found mixed results. Rural residents were more likely
than urban residents to have a usual source of healthcare
(USC), particularly among the uninsured. Despite this,
rural adults were somewhat less likely to receive certain
preventive care services compared to urban adults.
Additionally, rural residents were somewhat more likely
to report long travel times to reach their USC and
greater difficulty in reaching their provider after