Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit: Perspectives of Rural Health Executives
The Journal of Rural Health
In 2016, Georgia implemented a rural hospital tax credit program through a legislative mandate that allows individuals and corporations to donate to qualifying rural hospitals in exchange for state income tax credit. The study examines the importance, success, and challenges of the program, and opportunities for improvement, from the perspective of Georgia rural hospital executives.
The study was a qualitative study using data from key informant telephone interviews with 21 hospital executives and administrators of eligible rural hospitals.
Hospital executives described the program as a valuable lifeline for struggling rural hospitals and an instrument for community engagement. They provided recommendations for legislative and programmatic modifications to ensure stability, transparency, and accountability.
Results highlight the popularity of the program among rural hospital leaders, but they also identify potential areas for improvement. The findings of the study can inform policy-making efforts targeted at improving the nation's rural health infrastructure.
Opoku, Samuel T., Bettye A. Apenteng, Charles Owens, Linda G. Kimsey, Angela Peden, Imaobong Ekpo, William Mase, Emmanuel Akowuah.
"Georgia Rural Hospital Tax Credit: Perspectives of Rural Health Executives."
The Journal of Rural Health, 37 (2): 328-333: Wiley.
doi: 10.1111/jrh.12529 source: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jrh.12529