Capital Needs of Small Rural Hospitals

To gain insights into the capital needs of small rural hospitals and the hospitals access to capital, a survey was mailed to administrators of 950 rural hospitals with under 50 beds.

The survey asked respondents to estimate the total cost of bringing their facility into compliance with current laws, including fire codes and the requirements of state inspection agencies. To gain insights into hospitals access to capital, the survey asked respondents whether their hospital could qualify for a million-dollar loan. Survey data were combined with financial data from 1998 cost reports to allow a comparison of hospital financial needs to available resources.

This project was conducted as part of the Rural Health Research and Policy Center.

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