Ambulance Desert Report Highlights Severity in Rural Communities  

The Maine Rural Health Research Center released its Ambulance Desert Chartbook. This chartbook analyzes 42 states in 2021-2022 and identifies places and people that are more than 25 minutes from an ambulance station, also called an ambulance desert. The report found that out of 4.5 million people living in an ambulance desert, 2.3 million (52%) were in rural counties. The reports also found that 84% of rural counties are an ambulance desert.