Rural Americans face a number of very dramatic health challenges. They tend to be older, less affluent, and subject to higher instances of chronic disease than their urban counterparts. Despite the fact that the United States as a whole spends more on healthcare than any other Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development country, rural Americans continue to face lower life expectancies than those living in urban areas.
Rick Schadelbauer is NTCA’s manager of economic research and analysis. Republished with permission from NTCA’s blog Exchange.