Rural Health: Addressing Barriers to Care

Although over 46 million people reside in rural areas, around 80% of rural America is still classified as medically underserved. Rural Americans face several barriers to health care, such as a shortage of health care providers, the need to travel longer distances for medical care, and higher rates of uninsurance. These challenges contribute to poorer health outcomes and shorter life expectancies among the rural population, in comparison to their urban counterparts. Learn more about the state of rural health and health care access in the US with our latest shareable graphics, as well as strategies to expand telehealth and improve access to care in rural America.