is one of the biggest employers and most vital parts of any rural community?
Healthcare. Pure and simple. Without adequate healthcare facilities, not only
does the rural economy suffer, but the very lives of the people are at risk.
Unfortunately, it’s becoming more difficult to find and keep quality providers
in our rural clinics and hospitals. There just aren’t any incentives for them.
Because of the economy of scale, small health care facilities are at a
disadvantage. How can we help? We should ensure that the reimbursement rates
for small rural hospitals are higher. And what about some kind of an incentive
for urban hospitals to partner with rural facilities? They could rotate
physicians and provide support in various other ways to help insure quality
care in rural Colorado. We need to provide ways for our people to get
healthcare in their home communities instead of having to go to a city, where
they always incur more expense. Hospitals are vital to our communities in HD
65! If a rural hospital is forced to close, the entire community suffers: the population decreases because people have
to move to find new employment, and for those who stay, the standard of living drops
because the property values decrease significantly.