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Health plan addresses urban vs. rural healthcare disparities

from Modern Medicine Network

The Pareto principle — also known as the 80/20 rule or the law of the vital few — states that across most topics and populations, roughly 80 percent of effects result from 20 percent of causes. Trends across the healthcare landscape appear to be tracking closer to this principle as disparities in healthcare access between rural and urban populations continue to escalate. According to the Health Resources & Services Administration, while only 20 percent of the nation’s population resides in rural areas, those residents comprise more than half of the geographic population centers lacking basic medical care, including over 50 percent of all behavioral health shortage areas. more

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