If you’re going to have a heart attack or a stroke, don’t do it in a small town. According to a national study, you have a six percent higher chance of dying in areas without a local hospital. And across the country, hospitals in rural areas are closing at an alarming rate — 155 since 2004. Wisconsin has weathered the rural health care crisis better than most, but even so, 15 of the state’s 76 rural hospitals are losing money, and may be at risk. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism’s new series “Seeking a Cure: The Quest to Save Rural Hospitals” documents this problem. Parker Schorr of the Capital Times has been writing for the Center for Investigative Journalism on this topic. Parker Schorr joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing on October 14, 2019.
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