National rural health Snapshot [4]

Rural

Urban

Percentage of USA Population**

20%

79% +

Percentage of USA Physicians**

10%

90%

Num. of Specialists per 100,000 population**

40.1

134.1

Population aged 65 and older

18%

15%

Population below the poverty level

14%

11%

Average per capita income

$19K

$26K

Population who are non-Hispanic Whites

83%

69%

Adults who describe health status as fair/poor

28%

21%

Adolescents (Aged 12-17) who smoke

19%

11%

Male death rate per 100,000 (Ages 1-24)

80

60

Female death rate per 100,000 (Ages 1-24)

40

30

Population covered by private insurance

64%

69%

Population who are Medicare beneficiaries

23%

20%

Medicare beneficiaries without drug coverage

45%

31%

Medicare spends per capita compared
to USA average

85%

106%

Medicare hospital payment-to-cost ratio

90%

100%

Percentage of poor covered by Medicaid

45%

49%

Statistics used with permission from "Eye on Health" by the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, from an article entitled "Rural Health Can Lead the Way," by former NRHA President, Tim Size: Executive Director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.

Source: http://www.wisconsinmedicalsociety.org