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Missouri Public Radio interviews USM's Andrew Coburn about rural hospitals

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A Missouri Public Radio reporter interviewed USM's Andrew Coburn for a story on financial pressures faced by rural hospitals.

Rural America's dwindling populations make it nearly impossible to keep its nearly 700 rural hospitals afloat, reporter Bram Sable-Smith said.

"It's a very narrow edge on which a lot of these rural hospitals are living," said Coburn, a research professor at the Muskie School of Public Service's Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy. "Because we're talking about very small numbers. The loss of 10 to 20 percent of their patient load is more significant than it would be in New York City, because it represents a much higher portion of their total revenue."

Read or listen to the entire story here.

USM's Muskie School of Public Service is home to the Maine Rural Health Research Center - to learn more about it, view their website here.