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Rural populations disproportionately suffer from adverse health outcomes, including poorer health and higher age-adjusted mortality. We argue that these disparities are due in part to declining health care provider availability and accessibility in rural communities. Rural challenges are exacerbated by "structural urbanism"-elements of the current public health and health care systems that disadvantage rural communities. We suggest that biases in current models of health care funding, which treat health care as a service for an individual rather than as infrastructure for a population, are innately biased in favor of large populations. Until this bias is recognized, the development of viable models for care across the rural-urban continuum cannot move forward.
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Name: Health affairs (Project Hope)
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Health services, public or private, in rural areas. The services include the promotion of health and the delivery of health care.
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The inhabitants of rural areas or of small towns classified as rural.
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