By now, many Arizonans have heard that Cochise Regional Hospital shut down last week after the hospital lost medicare funding. The 25 bed facility was the central source of emergency health care for many of the people living in Douglas, Arizona.
“Medicare stopped paying them,” said Dr. Daniel Derksen, the director of the University of Arizona’s Center for Rural Health. “Because they have very thin fiscal margins, they don’t have the cash reserves to stay open.”
KJZZ radio used the Cochise Regional closure to look at a broader story on the availability of health care in rural Arizona. You can listen to the story by clicking here. After you have a chance to hear it, let us know what you think.