City-Country Mortality Rate Gap Widens Amid Healthcare Access

( – There is a new trend noticed regarding mortality rates that experts are concerned about. In particular, experts have looked into the mortality rates of Arizona, and Matthew Roach has spoken out about the findings when looking into the Arizona Department of Health Services and the trends in that.

Matthew Roach said that they realized the mortality rate gap between rural areas and urban areas was starting to widen. The differences in the mortality rates here have always been noticed but a recent report that was acquired by the Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service has found that the gap has grown within the last few decades.

USDA researchers found that rural Americans die from natural causes like chronic diseases, between ages 25 to 54 more often than those who live in urban areas. The research analyzed the compared mortality rates throughout the years showing that in 1999 there was a six percent difference, but in 2019 the gap widened to forty-three percent.

They have found that the expanding gap is mostly caused by the growth in women who are exposed to treatable or preventable diseases at a young age. Cities with less than ten thousand people often saw a higher rate of natural cause mortality rate within the same age group.

The worsening mortality rates are an indication of worsening population health and a health crisis that needs attention. Access to quality healthcare especially in rural areas is starting to diminish. Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association said that he found the report shocking but “unfortunately, not surprising.”

The study doesn’t directly link any causes but they do say that the difference in healthcare accessibility, affordability, and quality of care in rural areas do differ from those in urban areas.

In the report released it stated, “Regionally, differences in State implementation of Medicaid expansion under the 2010 Affordable Care Act could have increased implications for uninsured rural residents in States without expansions by potentially influencing the frequency of medical care for those at risk.”

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