Rural residence and migration for specialty physician care

T. F. Borders, J. E. Rohrer

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This article describes why rural residents migrate or travel outside their local market area for specialty physician care. Data were collected through a random mail survey of persons residing in Iowa's rural counties. The results imply that migration for specialty care is not simply a function of a low perceived availability of local specialty physicians. Managers of rural and urban health care systems may need to rethink the extent to which specialty physician services should be distributed across rural markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-49
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Care Management Review
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2001


  • Migration
  • Outshopping
  • Rural health
  • Specialty physicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Leadership and Management
  • Health Policy
  • Strategy and Management


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