these figures are australian but i wonder whether the rates are the same worldwide?
rural mortality rates higher by up to 50%
a new study has found the mortality rate in rural and remote areas is up to 50 per cent higher than in major cities.
the australian institute of health and welfare's study on mortality, reveals between 1997 and 1999, 3,300 more people died in rural areas than expected when compared to the cities.
the report's author andrew phillips says the main reasons for higher death rates in rural australia are heart disease, cancer, car accidents or other injury.
he says many deaths are preventable. "if you live in a regional area it doesn't mean you will have a high risk of death, but each particular person has control to a greater or lesser extent over their own risks ... so don't smoke, don't drink heavily, if you're overweight try to loose weight. all these things are going to reduce your risk of death."
this is a transcript from the abc national rural news that is broadcast daily to all states on abc regional radio's country hour and in the city on abc news radio.