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Listen In, Lubbock: Rural Texas Struggles To Hold Onto Emergency Services

In case of an emergency, Bowie residents are transported to a hospital 20 miles away, in Norcona, about 30 minutes from town.
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In case of an emergency, Bowie residents are transported to a hospital 20 miles away, in Norcona, about 30 minutes from town.

Texas has seen the most rural hospital closures in the last 15 years than any other place in the country. As West Texas is quickly becoming a healthcare desert, residents in some small towns are fighting to hold onto the emergency services they still have. For many, it’s been a losing battle.
 

Guests:

Jayme Lozano, Rural Healthcare reporter, Texas Tech Public Media

Helpful Links:

The Doctor is Out: Texas Community Worries About Future Without Local Healthcare, from Jayme Lozano

The APM Research Lab is collaborating with the Texas Newsroom as a part of our coverage of rural health care issues. For a deeper dive into the data click here.

Correction on Aug. 12: An earlier version of this report said that 85 counties in Texas do not have hospitals. In fact, there are 84 counties with no hospitals.

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