Good article on the differences between rurual and urban health plans and the inner dynamics of each
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The article, Health plan addresses urban vs. rural healthcare disparities, by Darnell Dent states,
“The Pareto principle—also known as the 80/20 rule or the law of the vital few—states that across most topics and populations, roughly 80% of effects result from 20% of causes. Trends across the healthcare landscape appear to be tracking closer to this principle as disparities in healthcare access between rural and urban populations continue to escalate.
According to the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA), while only 20% of the nation’s population resides in rural areas, those residents comprise more than half of the geographic population centers lacking basic medical care, including over 50% of all behavioral health shortage areas.
HRSA identified over 17,000 Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) nationwide and, of those, 4,224 were designated as “medically underserved.” At FirstCare Health Plans, our members reside throughout 143 counties—mainly in northern and western Texas—which include 538 of these HPSAs. The size of the geographic area in which these individuals live, combined with relatively sparse population densities, amplifies the problem of accessibility. Our challenges have been identifying the vast number of hurdles our members face and implementing relevant operational solutions to improve their access.”
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