National Rural Health Association

NRHA's 2017 Rural Health Policy Institute

Rural vs. urban Medicare cost comparison

Cuts to rural hospitals won't save money. Caring for patients in rural facilities is far more economic than providing care in urban settings. In fact, rural patients cost less to treat in eight of the nine Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regions. This is true in both low cost areas as well as the highest spending regions. Overall, CMS pays approximately $400 less per rural beneficiary than urban beneficiary per year.  If cuts are made to rural hospitals, causing many to close, rural Americans will be forced to travel greater distances to receive more expensive care. 


For a full analysis of how rural hospitals are more economic than urban care click here.

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