August 15, 2019

"Public Option" Could Put Rural Hospitals at Risk

As the debate continues on the single payer, or “Medicare for All,” legislation that many Democratic presidential candidates support, some are looking at what is called a “public option” as a more moderate alternative.

A recent study by Navigant Consulting, Inc. on behalf of the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future – of which the American College of Radiology is a member – finds that the “public option” could have significant effects on rural hospitals and the communities they serve.

Fifty-five percent of rural hospitals – representing more than 63,000 staffed hospital beds and 420,000 employees – could be at high risk of closure under the public option, according to the Navigant study.