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  • Rural populations continue to face significant delays, or have difficulty, in accessing emergency medical care. Poor rural populations face more than twice the delay in accessing emergency medical care compared to high-income populations. If a rural person is disabled, he or she is at least three times more likely to face a delay in accessing emergency medical care compared to a nondisabled person. Furthermore, rural populations are more likely not to have access to appropriate specialty care (e.g., specialty surgeons or focused internists) once entering a rural emergency room. These disparities are especially significant among rural minority ethnic groups, where the rate of delay in accessing emergency medical care is about three times longer than for the non-Hispanic white population.

author list (cited authors)

  • Schulze, A., Bolin, J., & Radcliff, T. A.

editor list (cited editors)

  • Bolin, J. N., Bellamy, G., Ferdinand, A. O., Kash, B. A., & Helduser, J. W.

Book Title

  • Rural Healthy People 2020 Volume 1

publication date

  • January 1, 2015 11:11 AM