volume 99, issue 2, P196-203 1997
DOI: 10.1542/peds.99.2.196
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S. M. Melzer, D. C. Grossman, L. G. Hart, R. A. Rosenblatt

Abstract: Most rural children in Washington who require hospitalization for common problems receive their care in local rural hospitals staffed with pediatricians and family practitioners, although those with illnesses requiring a high level of specialty care are predominantly cared for in urban centers. Rural pediatricians make a substantial contribution to the care of rural children, especially in the area of neonatal care, although their presence in rural hospitals does not in itself create local referral centers. In…

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