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America's rural hospital crisis becomes major 2020 campaign issue

Added 12-08-19 10:29:02am EST - “Millions of Americans have been left with limited health care after hundreds of rural hospital closures--now the issue is surfacing as a key topic on the 2020 campaign trail.” - Foxnews.com

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Twenty percent of the U.S. population lives in rural America, where more than 100 hospitals have closed since 2010 and another 430 are at risk of shutting their doors, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. (Fox News/Allie Raffa)

MELCHER-DALLAS, Iowa – When Spenser Miller lost a finger in a work accident at 21 years old, he was driven 10 minutes away to a local hospital where he was treated for three hours before being transported to a nearby specialist in Omaha, Neb., for surgery to reattach his finger.

A year later, he opted to have the finger removed after physical therapy wasn’t improving his muscle control, but he remains grateful to this day for that local hospital and its initial care.

“That local hospital was instrumental in being able to save my finger originally … because they said the only thing that saved my finger was them being able to get that finger on ice right away,” he said. “If I wouldn't have had that local hospital, I mean, I don't know what would have happened then. Thank God we had that local hospital.”

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