Discussion: Rural vs. Urban Ancillary Services
Health care services vary given a geographical location of an organization. All services may not be provided in one area; furthermore, patients who live in rural areas must often travel to obtain services. For example, according to Spasojevic, Vasilj, Hrabac, & Celik (2015), rural residents are more likely to travel more than 15 minutes to see their health facilities compared with urban residents. Based on the course readings and your own research, discuss/answer the following:
- What are ancillary services? (Provide 2 or 3 examples.)
- How do ancillary services offered in rural and urban areas differ?
- Regarding ancillary services, what are some disadvantages to consumers (patients) living in rural populated areas?
- What recommendations would you provide as a health care leader to lessen these disadvantages?