May 18, 2011
A recent report reveals the disparities between health care received in urban versus rural areas.
Research done at Texas Tech University shows that surgeries such as back, hip, and knee replacements are performed more often in rural Medicare patients compared to urban patients.
The report says this can be attributed to several factors like delaying treatment for aches and pains until they get worse.
Local doctors say rural patients face many challenges when it comes to getting medical treatment.
"Population density doesn't support specialists being in the area. So therefore the person has to travel outside their area to get care from specialists," said David Abercrombie, Madison Memorial Hospital CEO.
Abercrombie says rural residents are often elderly and have trouble getting around, resulting in difficulty getting the care they need.