Specialty care in small-town America: health disparities, the impact of COVID-19, and some upsides of rural life for physicians.

Rural communities experience significant health disparities along with the above-average prevalence of chronic conditions, and a lower-than-average ratio of providers to patients. The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced additional challenges, leading to a significantly changed environment. Orthopedic surgeons Dr. Tamara Huff (in Georgia) and Dr. Oluwasean Akimbo (in Kansas) join host Bill Finerfrock, Executive Director of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics, for a wide-ranging discussion about the state of rural health, and how living in the country has its upsides.