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Industry Pulse: Retailization blamed for Hospital Closings

From 2010-20, 25 percent of rural hospitals will close

More than 120 rural hospitals have closed since 2005, according to a recent study

More than 120 rural hospitals have closed since 2005 and, if they keep closing at the current rate, 25 percent of all rural hospitals will have closed by 2020 – in the 10 years since the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable care Act (PPACA) in 2010. That’s according to a recent study by the University of North Carolina’s North Carolina Rural Health Research and Policy Analysis Center.

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