Keep needs of rural America in the healthcare conversation
My heartfelt thanks for Modern Healthcare’s recent articles on rural hospitals in eastern Kentucky (“Shakeup to survive,” April 11, p. 20).
As a longtime practitioner and now an educator in eastern Kentucky, I have spent a large portion of my career trying to build and maintain healthcare infrastructure in the region. With our national policymakers focused on urban issues, there is no strategy to protect rural citizens. Articles such as these are profoundly important in reminding our leaders that these patients exist—and deserve a system that at least considers their health needs.
Dr. Anthony D. Weaver Associate professor of internal medicine; assistant dean, Rural Physician Leadership Program University of Kentucky