Keep needs of ru­ral Amer­ica in the health­care con­ver­sa­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

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

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