USM’s Andrew Coburn says health care reductions in small Maine towns such as Calais, Jackman and Blue Hill will worsen unless work is done at the state level to reconfigure health delivery to rural areas.
Coburn co-authored an opinion piece on the issue, published in the Portland Press Herald.
“Hospitals eliminate services and reduce staff, but the financial problem only accelerates as patients begin to lose faith in their local hospital and choose to seek care elsewhere,” Coburn wrote with Jay Mullen, the chief executive officer of BlueWater Emergency Partners and president of the Maine chapter, American College of Emergency Physicians.
Coburn is a research professor and director of the Maine Rural Health Research Center in USM’s Muskie School of Public Service.
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Coburn was also quoted on the issue in a story in the Press Herald. Read the story here.