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Trends in hospital closures in the United States from 1996-2016

Sanghvi, Nisha (2018) Trends in hospital closures in the United States from 1996-2016. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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The number of acute care hospitals has declined in the United States in the last twenty years. Rural areas have experienced the most closures in recent years. These closures pose a serious concern as many of these hospitals serve vulnerable populations. Policies such as the Affordable Care Act have been enacted to help alleviate the strain many of these hospitals have and have shaped the healthcare market by affecting competition, capital, and responding to demand. Exploring the economic background of the healthcare system along with using HCRIS reports can indicate some trends that closed hospitals share from 1996-2016 and may in the future be used as a tool to identify hospitals at risk for closure. One important implication of hospital closures is a lack of access to healthcare services, particularly for acute illnesses and time-sensitive emergencies. The public health relevance of these implications shift the conversation onto the meaning of access to health care and how is that achievable specifically when trying to reach vulnerable populations.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Sanghvi, Nishanis91@pitt.edunis91
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairBarron, Geraldgbarron@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberWallace, Davidwallaced@pitt.eduUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 4 April 2018
Date Type: Submission
Number of Pages: 34
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Health Policy & Management
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2019 15:07
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2019 15:07
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/34043

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