Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas


Hospitals and family doctors, the mainstays of health care, are pulling out of poor city neighborhoods, where the sickest populations live.

A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel analysis of data from the largest U.S. metropolitan areas shows that people in poor neighborhoods are less healthy than their more affluent neighbors, but more likely to live in areas with physician shortages and closed hospitals.

At a time when research shows that being poor is highly correlated with poor health, hospitals and doctors are following privately insured patients to more affluent areas rather than remaining anchored in communities with the greatest health care needs.

The Post-Gazette/Journal Sentinel analysis shows that nearly two-thirds of the roughly 230 hospitals opened since 2000 are in wealthier, often suburban, areas.

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1 thought on “Hospitals, doctors moving out of poor city neighborhoods to more affluent areas”

  1. Why work in an area where you life is in danger? Try leaving work after dark in these “poor areas”. Look at the car jacking numbers. Look at the rape numbers.

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