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Record Rural Hospital Closures, Congress' Benchmarking solution to Surprise Billing will Close More

Benchmarking will only lead to further health care consolidation, which has been shown to contribute to higher health care costs; increase hospital closures, already 161 hospitals have closed since 2009[1]; patient mortality, exacerbate the physician shortage and lead to increased wait times and poorer quality medical care for all patients. If 2020 Presidential Campaign Candidates really care about rural health care, they should show the public and support a solution to Surprise Billing that will not exacerbate rural healthcare access and physician shortages. Watch the story here.

[1] Beckers Hospital Review. Rural hospital closures hit record high in 2019 — here's why. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/rural-hospital-closures-hit-record-high-in-2019-here-s-why.html (Dec 5, 2019)

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