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Rural Illinois communities suffer from lack of health care access

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SPRINGFIELD (WREX) -

To bring attention to rural communities throughout the state that suffer from a lack of access to health care, health care providers, and insurance, Thursday, November 21, has been proclaimed Rural Health Day in Illinois.

Twenty percent of the United States' population lives in rural areas, but just nine percent of physicians and 12 percent of pharmacists practice in those areas, making it difficult for rural residents to find proper health care. In addition, around 21.9 percent of residents in rural counties are uninsured and they pay 40 percent of their health care costs out of their own pocket. In comparison, 14.3 percent of urban residents are uninsured and they pay around one-third of their health care costs out of pocket.

Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck says the state must address the health care disparities rural communities face. To fight those issues, the IDPH is working on cultivating public and private partnerships to increase access and equity.

For more information on rural health throughout the state, visit this link: http://bit.ly/MsypC8.

 

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