Comparison of financial trends in small rural and urban hospitals in Texas, 1983-1985

Adewale Olugbenga Ogunwo, The University of Texas School of Public Health


The purpose of this study was to compare the financial performance of small rural hospitals to that of small urban hospitals in Texas. Hospital-specific and environmental factors were studied as control variables. Small rural hospitals were found to be financially stronger on measures of liquidity but weaker on measures of profitability. Small urban hospitals performed better on measures of profitability and long-range solvency. When all measures in the five dimensions of financial performance were analyzed, no significant difference was found between the two groups of hospitals. None of the control variables included in the study was significantly associated with financial performance both for rural and urban hospitals. Conclusions were that small rural hospitals in Texas are experiencing a deterioration in financial condition but small, rural hospitals are not doing any worse than small urban hospitals; and that the financial hardship which rural hospitals suffer may be inherent in the nature of the institutions themselves, and not as a result of their smallness nor their rural settings.

Subject Area

Public health|Health care

Recommended Citation

Ogunwo, Adewale Olugbenga, "Comparison of financial trends in small rural and urban hospitals in Texas, 1983-1985" (1987). Texas Medical Center Dissertations (via ProQuest). AAI8809929.