A National Rural Health Association report says that the care at rural hospitals is equal to-if not better-than that at urban hospitals.
The Rural Blog reports that the study also found that rural health care is not more expensive than urban care.
But many rural patients are referred to or voluntarily travel to urban providers based on the myth of better care
The study was compiled by Ivantage Health Analysis, a private health-care research company. It collected data on Medicare costs and health outcomes for doctors and hospitals for 12 months and divided the results into rural and urban groups.