Gap in urban-rural pediatric mortality rates widens
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Pediatric mortality is declining more slowly in rural areas than urban areas, a Health Affairs report released Thursday notes. Racial and ethnic gaps also persist.
The big picture: Deaths from unintentional injury and suicide among rural youth compound the slew of health struggles that more than 46 million Americans living in remote areas face.
Between the lines: Rural Americans experience higher rates of automobile accidents, with high speed limits and poor quality roads.
- Lower physician-to population ratios in rural areas also means higher hospital visits and ambulance calls.
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