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The Effect of Surgery on the Profitability of Rural Hospitals

Small rural hospitals are often the sole health care provider in their communities and the only source of care for many people. The provision of surgery in rural hospitals saves the lives of many trauma victims and people with surgical emergencies. Surgery can also have a substantial impact on the finances of a rural hospital as well as the local economy. This study determines the effect of surgery on the profitability of rural hospitals.

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