November 11, 2018 is Veterans Day. We at AB Med would like to thank all those who served as well as those who continue to serve.
All our veterans deserve our respect and appreciation. However, when it comes to health, not all the veterans enjoy the same level of care. Many studies show the disparities between urban and rural healthcare services. Unfortunately, the veteran populations are affected directly from those inequalities.
Veterans who live in rural settings have worse health-related quality-of-life scores, when compared with their urban and suburban counterparts[i]. Many factors contribute to the healthcare gap between rural and urban environments and some are more difficult to address than others.
The population and healthcare needs of veterans in rural settings is increasing and their needs ought to be addressed.
REFERENCES & RESOURCES
- William B. WeeksMD, MBA, Lewis E. KazisScD, Yujing ShenPhD, Zhongxiao CongMA, MS, Xinhua S. RenPhD, Donald MillerScD, Austin LeePhD, and Jonathan B. PerlinMD, PhD, “Differences in Health-Related Quality of Life in Rural and Urban Veterans”, American Journal of Public Health, Accepted: May 08, 2004, Published Online: October 10, 2011, https://ajph.aphapublications.org/doi/full/10.2105/AJPH.94.10.1762
By: Aikaterini Papadopoulou, B.Arch