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Hospitalization costs, readmissions greater among rural children

Hospitalization costs, readmissions greater among rural children
April 29, 2016

Children living in rural areas admitted to children’s hospitals had more complex medical issues, resulting in more frequent readmissions and more expensive hospitalizations than children in nonrural areas, according to recent research in Pediatrics.

“Rural children hospitalized at children’s hospitals have high rates of medical complexity and often reside in low-income and medically underserved areas,” Alon Peltz, MD, MBA, of the department of pediatrics at Boston Medical Center, and colleagues wrote. “Compared with nonrural children, rural children experience more expensive hospitalizations and more frequent readmissions.”

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