By Associated Press - Tuesday, August 19, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A task force on rural health care in North Carolina says problems could be reduced through economic development, and convincing more providers to outside urban areas.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported ( the task force proposal was released Monday on how to help the more than 2 million people who live in rural counties.

The report says people living in the 60 rural counties are more likely to be sick and to have shorter lives than those in urban areas.

The report notes that health is closely tied to income and economic development efforts would help. It suggests that even providing better access to broadband Internet service would help.

The report also recommends improved child care and education and making sure rural residents know about insurance options.


Information from: The News & Observer,

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