Children in Rural Areas Face Increasing Barriers to Pediatric Care, Study Finds

Summarizes a study that found a decrease in the percentage of U.S. hospitals with inpatient units and beds for pediatric care, especially in rural areas. Describes how pediatric care has moved away from general community hospitals to specialized children’s hospitals in urban areas. Discusses possible factors leading to service closures and the need to identify which children and specific communities are being affected.