It’s easy to imagine that jonesburg, Alabama, is a perfect place for a doctor to come in, and the local hospital might even have a clinic.
But a new study shows that the county’s hospital system is in worse shape than many in the United States.
The study, by the Center for Health Systems Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, found that about half of all hospitals in the county have either one or two major medical facilities, compared with about one-quarter in neighboring Montgomery and about 10 percent in Shelby County.
The county is also home to the state’s two largest public hospitals, both of which are considered “highly rated” by Medicare, according to the Medicare survey.
And, according the study, the county has a number of other highly rated hospitals, including the University Medical Center, which is rated as one of the top hospitals in America by the Medicare advisory council.
However, the report finds that in addition to the four highly rated facilities, the counties only has one hospital that’s rated as “poor,” which means it doesn’t meet the standard for Medicare coverage.
A third hospital, the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has a rating of “poor.”
And the fourth is the county jail, which was rated as a “poor” facility in 2016, according in the report.
“I think it’s important to acknowledge that this is not the only county in Alabama that has problems with quality of care, with access to care, and with quality outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan Gold, a professor of epidemiology at the UA-Birmingham School of Public Health and a co-author of the study.
“We know that it is difficult to predict what quality of life is going to be in a specific place.”
What’s more, Gold said, the study also found that the number of counties in the state with a system that doesn’t receive the most critical health care is growing.
He said that the report could be the first step toward addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the U