50% of rural hospitals are operating in the red: 7 things to know

Half of rural hospitals are operating in the red, up seven percentage points from last year, according to a Feb. 13 report from the Chartis Center for Rural Health. 

Seven things to know:

1. Fifty percent of rural hospitals have operating margins in the red, the highest percentage of rural hospitals losing money in the past decade. The jump from 43% last to 50% this year was the single largest percentage change Chartis has seen in a 12-month period.  

2. Fifty-five percent of independent rural hospitals are operating at a loss compared to 42% of health system-affiliated rural hospitals. 

3. Fifty-eight percent of rural hospitals are now affiliated with a health system. 

4. A total of 418 rural hospitals are vulnerable to closure. 

5. Since 2010, 167 rural hospitals have either closed or converted to a model that excludes inpatient care. 

6. Between 2011 and 2021, 267 rural hospitals dropped obstetrics services, representing nearly a quarter of America's rural obstetrics units. 

7. Between 2014 and 2022, 382 rural hospitals stopped providing chemotherapy services. 

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