Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

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Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

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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 modern practice of medicine requires specialization of equipment and personnel to a degree not practical in many small town situations.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Medical care -- South Dakota
Medically underserved areas -- South Dakota
Ambulance service -- South Dakota
Rural hospitals -- South Dakota



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South Dakota State University