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Transportation to Support Rural Healthcare Introduction

Transportation is an important social determinant of health in rural communities. The availability of reliable
transportation impacts a person’s ability to access appropriate and well-coordinated healthcare, purchase
nutritious food, and otherwise care for him- or herself. Rural populations most likely to need transportation
services to maintain their health and well-being include:

  • The elderly
  • People with disabilities
  • Low-income individuals and families
  • Veterans
  • People with special healthcare needs, who often must travel long distances to access care

This guide focuses on how communities can provide transportation services to support access to rural
healthcare, which may also benefit healthcare providers by decreasing inappropriate use of EMS services,
improving utilization of healthcare services, and decreasing no-show rates. The guide also highlights
transportation as a community-based service that can allow the elderly and people with disabilities to live
successfully in a community rather than entering a long-term care facility or leaving the community.

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