A community which has its own hospital and doctor is benefited in many ways. First, the people in the community are near medical care in times of emergency. Second, hospital patients from the community are near family and friends when receiving care. Third, a community may be benefited economically by the presence of a hospital facility because additional jobs are provided, and people from the surrounding area are given increased incentive to come to the town in purchasing other goods. Also, adequate medical services are of importance in attracting new industry into a town. The trend today, however, is away from the concept of the small hospital and one doctor for each town. The modem practice of medicine requires specialization of equipment and personnel to a degree not practical in many small town situations. Because of rising costs, personnel shortages, and rapidly advancing medical technology, communities throughout the United States are having difficulty providing the types of medical services required today.
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South Dakota State University
Bierman, Leland G., "An Economic Analysis of Some Aspects of Medical Service Availability in Northwest South Dakota" (1969). Agricultural Experiment Station Agricultural Economics Pamphlets. 143.