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Table 2 Percentages of rural VHA-users, by eligibility for purchased care based on distance to VHA care sites, and characteristics of county of residence

From: “Availability of healthcare providers for rural veterans eligible for purchased care under the veterans choice act”

County Characteristic % Rural VHA users
Overall
N = 1,165,646
<  40 Miles
N = 841,484
> 40 miles
N = 324,162
Rurality
 Rural - Remote 16.4 12.5 26.4
 Rural - Micropolitan 18.6 19.7 15.6
 Rural - Metro Adjacent 65.0 67.8 58.0
Median household income
 $0–29,999 2.6 1.9 4.3
 $30,000–39,999 37.8 36.0 42.7
 $40,000–49,999 45.0 47.7 38.1
 $50,000–59,999 12.8 12.8 12.7
  > $60,000 1.8 1.6 2.2
Health Status
 Very poor 29.0 27.7 32.4
 Poor 27.4 28.0 25.9
 Good 25.9 27.2 22.4
 Very good 17.7 17.1 19.3
Health Professional Availability
 Primary Care Shortage Area 12.5 11.2 15.9
 Mental Health Care Shortage Area 65.5 61.7 75.4
County without:
 Psychiatrist 47.4 41.4 63.0
 Cardiologist 56.5 50 73.3
 Pulmonologist 69.8 63.5 85.9
 Neurologist 63.6 57.4 79.7
 PM&R Specialist 73.9 68.7 87.3
 Community Health Center 46.5 44.3 52.2
 Community Mental Health Center 92.2 91.4 94.0