Rural Health Policy

Past as a Prelude to the Future
  • Keith J. Mueller

Abstract

“You’ve come a long way, baby.” This well-known slogan comes from advertisements for Virginia Slims cigarettes, introduced with great fanfare as cigarettes for women. Seeing women smoke was one more indication in the 1960s and 1970s of the cracking of societal barriers to equal treatment for women. Some progress. As we know now better than in the 1960s and 1970s, getting more women to smoke was to confuse apparent equity and the best interests of the target population. Is the same thing true of striving for equity in health care services? Is it in the best interests of rural residents to have the same system as that available to urban residents? Are we making the cigarette example mistake of confusing equal access to the same delivery system with the ultimate goal of improved quality of life?

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Rural Health Rural Hospital Underserved Area Payment Policy Medicare Payment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Keith J. Mueller
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  1. 1.Center for Rural Health ResearchUniversity of Nebraska Medical CenterOmahaUSA

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