Caring for Rural Missourians
Rural hospitals have an important role in strengthening individual and community health. Not only are rural hospitals often the largest employer in the community, they provide the foundation for health care services from clinics and primary care to emergency services and inpatient care. However, Missouri’s rural hospitals are increasingly operating in the red, and six rural hospitals have closed in Missouri throughout the past four years.
Despite the financial challenges rural hospitals experience, they provided $255
million in uncompensated care in 2017. This is an increase of
$12 million over the 2016 total and includes two fewer participating hospitals.
Read the 2019 Community Investment Report, or partner with us to #ReimagineRuralHealth.