Four persistent rural healthcare challenges

Healthc Manage Forum. 2016 Nov;29(6):243-246. doi: 10.1177/0840470416658903. Epub 2016 Oct 15.


Today, 25% of Canadians live in rural and remote parts of Canada. The evidence is that these Canadians do not enjoy the same health status as citizens living in more urban settings. This article explores four persistent healthcare challenges: population demographics, place, professionals, and public participation. By exploring solutions that some rural communities have used to address these challenges, this article aims to provide insights into lessons that have been learned that they may be considered and potentially applied to both rural and urban environments in the interest of better healthcare for all.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Delivery of Health Care / methods*
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration
  • Humans
  • Quality of Health Care*
  • Rural Population*