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Financial Structure and Policies of Health Care

The financial structure and policies of a health care entity can differ by type of ownership, type of services provided, volume or complexity of the services provided, and its surrounding competition. How might the financial structure and policies of a community-owned, stand-alone rural hospital with an attached nursing home differ from those of a similar urban facility that is part of a for-profit chain?

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The general definition for a rural hospital is around 50 beds or less. Rural areas have low population densities and may not have homes that are in close proximity to each other. Rural land may still be part agriculture and some part wilderness with some smaller cities with 2,500-50,000 citizens that have some definition of consumerism such as gas stations, variety stores and access to health. (http://www.ers.usda.gov/AmberWaves/June08/Features/RuralAmerica.htm).

Health services for rural areas are dependent upon a different mix of financial ...

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Financial structures and policies of health care are examined.

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