ICU beds are limited, medical providers are falling sick, and urban hospitals where small facilities transfer critical patients are running out of space.
Family planning clinics and abortion clinics across Texas have been closing at an alarming rate. Rural hospitals are shuttering their maternity wards. For many Texans, this means traveling hundreds of miles just to access basic reproductive health care services.
Carole Ward, a former nurse practitioner, ran the only health clinic in a small town in the Panhandle until she retired in 2017.
Texas is facing a rural health care crisis. How many doctors are in your county?
As physicians leave small towns, rural Texans must travel farther and farther for health care.
Chillicothe Hospital closed its doors on July 22. Its closure reverberated through the community in both expected and surprising ways.
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When a rural hospital dies, the community around it starts to follow suit.
Physician Marty Makary’s new book shows how sky-high medical bills can ruin patients’ lives—but puts the burden on individuals to demand change.
As rural hospitals struggle across the state, local voters killed a proposition to create a hospital taxing district meant to keep a facility in La Grange open for the foreseeable future.