Updated: Jun 21
It seems crazy that given the times we live that some hospitals are closing their doors or taking drastic steps to stay open, which often includes shutting down certain service lines.
There are many different reasons why a hospital is forced to close but almost all of those reasons end with finances. The financial side of the healthcare system is far too complicated to delve into here. If you're curious, check out the Healthcare Financial Management Assoc., the American College of Healthcare Executives blog, or the basics of Healthcare Finance from Deco. You'll quickly understand what I mean when I say it's complicated.
We're not talking about large trauma centers closing, these closures are typically community access, LTC, or specialty facilities. I grew up in a very rural area of Illinois (outside of Chicago metro, Illinois is a whole lot of farm country), we did not have any sort of urgent care or doctor's office for 30 miles. I can imagine how difficult it would be for any hospital to survive with such a small population to serve.
This is part of the reason I built Oppomed, the idea of a small change having a huge impact is extremely clear when it comes to staffing rural health.