RURAL HEALTH IN TEXAS
In the last decade, access to healthcare in rural areas has been rapidly declining. Texas leads the nation in rural hospital closures, and when hospitals close it not only leaves residents without health care but results in the slow decay of local communities. Nationally, rural communities have higher rates of disease, yet access to healthcare is lower than non-rural communities. Every Texan should be able to access quality healthcare services regardless of location.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The average age of adults in rural areas is older than non-rural areas.
- A greater percentage of our nation’s veterans live in rural areas.
- Texas hospitals declined from 300 in the 1960s to 158 rural hospitals.
- Typically, a rural hospital closure costs 170 jobs and an annual payroll of $22 million.
- Rural hospital closures reduce sales tax revenue to local governments, reduces enrollment in schools leading to less funding, and harms local business throughout the community.
- A Dying Town – Article by Christopher Collins and Sophie Novack with the Texas Observer
- Map of Texas Rural Hospitals and Recent Closures, prepared by the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
- Rural Relevance 2017: Assessing the State of Rural Health Care in America – Study completed by the Chartis Center for Rural Health (CCRH) and iVantage Health Analytics
- Information on Rural Hospital Closures, provided by the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH)
- Rural Hospital Services Strategic Plan Progress Report, submitted in accordance with Senate Bill (S.B.) 1621, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, 2019