rural health http://hppr.org en Rural Kansas hospital discovers cure for physician shortage http://hppr.org/post/rural-kansas-hospital-discovers-cure-physician-shortage <p></p><p>Although 25 percent of Americans live in rural areas, only 10 percent of doctors do.&nbsp; Finding physicians willing to live on the prairie is a serious problem in Kansas.&nbsp; Kearny County Hospital had that problem.&nbsp; The small hospital is rural, very rural with five people per square mile, but the little hospital has found a solution according to a <a href="http://www.khi.org/news/2014/jul/07/rural-kansas-hospital-focuses-mission-driven-medic/">recent article by the Kansas Health Institute.</a></p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 05:00:02 +0000 Cindee Talley 34425 at http://hppr.org Rural Kansas hospital discovers cure for physician shortage Farming, rural living and suicide http://hppr.org/post/farming-rural-living-and-suicide <p>A 2002 study in the American Journal of Public Health found that men living in rural counties were much more likely to kill themselves than urban men. (Stephen D/Flickr)</p><p>An alarming number of farmers in the U.S. take their own lives, according to the magazine Newsweek. And while we don’t have great statistics, some of the best numbers available suggest men on the farm today kill themselves nearly twice as often as other men in the general population.</p> Sat, 26 Apr 2014 05:00:01 +0000 Grant Gerlock 31009 at http://hppr.org Farming, rural living and suicide Obamacare could be a tough sell in rural America http://hppr.org/post/obamacare-could-be-tough-sell-rural-america <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare,” takes a big step forward Oct. 1 when new health insurance marketplaces open for enrollment. Rural families are more likely to qualify for subsidized coverage, but reaching them to sign up will be part of the challenge.</span></p><p>So, will farm country take advantage of new health insurance subsidies? That’s the question in Nebraska.</p><p>Almost 200,000 Nebraskans don’t have health insurance. Nearly half of them are spread across the state’s rural areas.</p> Fri, 20 Sep 2013 21:19:36 +0000 Grant Gerlock 21872 at http://hppr.org Obamacare could be a tough sell in rural America