The Two-Edged Scalpel: Health Care and the Rural Economy
Book chapter from Health Care and Tourism: A Lead Sector Strategy for Rural Maine.
Revitalization in rural Maine is possible through state-level long-term planning and strategic initiatives. The Maine Center for Economic Policy's Spreading Prosperity project focuses on how to improve on past rural development efforts and make new gains, specifically in the six rural "rim" counties - Oxford, Franklin, Somerset, Pscataquis, Aroostook, and Washington.
Charles Colgan and David Hartley's Chapter 4 starts from the premise that health care services should be viewed as a major economic sector, indeed as a growing export sector, not simply as a supplier of services that enhance rural residents' well-being. Strategic proposals in Chapter 4 center on strengthening state initiatives in human resource development, technology, and organization.
Maine Center for Economic Policy
Colgan, Charles, and David Hartley. "The Two-Edged Scalpel: Health Care and the Rural Economy." Health care and tourism : a lead sector strategy for rural Maine, edited by David Vail and Lisa Pohlmann, Maine Center for Economic Policy, 2007.