Gap in rural-urban death rates continues to widen

2021-06-10

An analysis of federal data showed the gap in mortality rates between rural and urban areas tripled from 1999 to 2019 mostly due to deaths among white, middle-age rural residents. The findings, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, showed more people in rural America died from chronic health conditions such as heart and lung diseases as well as from suicide and substance abuse compared in suburbs and cities over the last 20 years and the gap could be partly due to health care access.

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