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"Vickifool -- convinced my father died early from living too far from a hospital, combined with an unhealthy lifr-style. "

One of the problems of small towns is:

1) Getting doctors to stay there. Usually when the senior (and maybe only doc) retires, that is it...few newly minted docs want to move to very small towns.

2) Access to specialists - who need a larger base to make a successful living

3) Hospitals that aren't always struggling to stay in business.

I recall my parents summer home, 15 miles from Ticonderoga...anything more serious than a broken arm usually involved transport to another hospital 50-70 miles away.....Have a heart attack, and you were hauled off elsewhere for surgery if needed.... Every year they come close toc closing their doors for lack of funds (fairly low income area of NY state). Harsh climate (lots of heating bills). The local industry has shed thousands of jobs (paper mills - much of them shut down due to 'pollution problems' and horrendous costs of meeting ever increasing federal standards - cheaper to import the finished goods from Canada....and resell them.

I'm not sure what size in the minimum to keep a hospital going - or how far from anywhere else... ie, if 200 miles from anywhere, a town/state might keep the hospital going. If 25 miles from somewhere, that oculd be very problematic.


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