Rural Hospital Support for Emergency Medical Services (Final Report)


This study uses Medicare Hospital Cost Reports to identify rural hospitals, with and without Emergency Medical Services (EMS) units, to answer the following questions: what proportion of rural hospitals support or operate EMS units; has this changed in last five years; what are the characteristics of rural hospitals that support or operate EMS; what are the financial investments made by these hospitals in EMS; and what describes the communities in which these hospitals are located.

North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center
Victoria Freeman, Hilda Howard, Ruth Lavergne