This month’s featured article:
The Economics of Rural Health Care
Montana is a rural state. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there are only 6.8 people per square mile in the state, making the population twelve times more dispersed than the national average. There are plenty of advantages to living in Big Sky country: fresh air, privacy, little traffic, proximity to national parks and outdoor activities, to name a few. The rural landscape is what draws many people to the state, and it isn’t something most Montanans are interested in changing. However, such a low-density population does create some difficulties, particularly in providing health care.
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