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1/4 Of Hoosiers Living In Rural Areas Have Medical Needs Not Being Met

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Telehealth is one avenue that could potentially close the gap, experts say. (Brock Turner, WTIU/WFIU News)

Data shows one-fourth of Hoosiers—many who live in rural areas—have needs that aren’t being met by existing physicians.

That data comes from a Kaiser Family Foundation study.

Luke Wortley is the Resource Development Coordinator for the Indiana Rural Health Association. He says the lack of primary care physicians leads to deteriorating patient outcomes.

“In terms of prevalence across total populations almost every major health complication occurs at a higher rate in rural communities than it does in its urban counterparts,” he says.

Advocates say rural areas are disproportionately impacted and residents have to travel further away from home for services. Economics and density make it less profitable for health providers to stay in rural areas.

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