Kansas Rural Health Works: The Economic Contribution of Health Care. John Leatherman Department of Agricultural Economics K-State Research and Extension. Kansas Rural Health Works. National program to help foster sustainable rural health care systems Active programs in 30-35 states
Department of Agricultural Economics
K-State Research and Extension
(November 3, 2006)
Study Shows Health Care Impact
Edwards County, Kan. - A good local health care system may itself be part of the prescription for maintaining a healthy rural economy.
According to the report, the health care sector accounted for an estimated 9.0 percent of Edwards County’s total employment, or about 160 jobs, in 2003, the most recent year for which information was available. Further, the study’s authors calculated economic multipliers for seven health care sectors and estimated that health care directly and indirectly accounted for 234 jobs throughout the county economy. They go on to estimate that these same sectors accounted for more than $4,925,000 in total county income and about $938,000 in county retail sales.
YOUR NAME, YOUR TITLE of YOUR FACILITY, who released copies of the report, said (s)he was somewhat surprised by the overall scale of the existing activity in the county. “I think we tend to take our local health services for granted, just a little,” (s)he said. “We don’t realize how important health care is to the county’s economic wellbeing.”
The Economic Impact of the Health Care Sector
In Ottawa County, Kansas
The organization and delivery of health care services have undergone rapid evolution in recent years. For many Americans, the cost of services and access to care are important issues. This certainly is true in many rural areas where communities have struggled to maintain affordable, quality health care systems.
The purpose of this project is to provide information resources that may be used to communicate to community leaders and concerned citizens the relative importance of health care to the local economy.
In an effort to generate useful information resources for community and health care leaders, the YOUR FACILITY has partnered with the Kansas Rural Health Options Project (KRHOP) and K-State Research and Extension, to develop this report as a component of the Kansas Rural Health Works program. KRHOP is a partnership of the Office of Local and Rural Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Hospital Association, the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services and the Kansas Medical Society. KRHOP is dedicated to assuring quality health care delivery in rural Kansas through the promotion of collaborative systems of care.