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General surgery contributes to the financial health of rural hospitals and communities

General surgery contributes to the financial health of rural hospitals and communities

Surgical Clinics of North America 89(6): 1383-7, X-Xi

Rural hospitals and communities often profit from the ability to provide surgical services. There can also be substantial financial costs for individuals, hospitals, and communities associated with not having access to surgical care in rural areas. Despite these advantages, limitations that include a shortage of rural general surgeons and other surgical staff and financial constraints prevent some rural institutions from offering surgical services. Few concrete data are available on this subject, and more research is needed to confirm anecdotal reports regarding the positive economic impact derived from general surgical services. It is especially important to examine and quantify the direct and indirect financial contribution that a general surgeon makes to a rural hospital and community.

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PMID: 19944821

DOI: 10.1016/j.suc.2009.07.008

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