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As AIDS recedes, HIV stigma evolves in rural South Africa

Widely available antiretroviral therapy (ART) in rural South Africa has led to dramatic decreases in AIDS-related mortality over the last few years. A new qualitative study has revealed that HIV is now seen as a ‘preferred’ chronic illness when compared to cancer, diabetes and hypertension. However, this research also questions whether these shifts have led… Read More »

Listen: Pandemic Stresses Already Fragile Rural Health Care Systems

KHN Midwest correspondent Lauren Weber joined WAMU’s “1A” show with guest host Sasha-Ann Simons to talk about the unique challenges rural health care providers face amid the coronavirus pandemic — even before their communities get overrun with a surge of COVID-19 cases. Weber has reported on how the suspension of elective surgery and other procedures… Read More »

Ballad Health reports stable quarter despite rural patient headwinds

Dive Brief: Ballad Health slightly improved its operating margin to 1.5% in its second fiscal 2020 quarter compared with an operating margin of 1.3% the prior-year quarter. Revenue grew 2.4% for the not-for-profit 21-hospital health system based in Tennessee and outpaced expense growth. Operating earnings remained relatively flat year-over-year at about $ 55 million, the… Read More »