Category: Access to Health Care

Access to Health Care

Access to Health Care

Access to health care has dominated the health policy scene for several decades. In the early 1990s, national legislation, “universal access” to health care, was introduced by President Clinton and the Congress as a way to provide health security for all Americans. Lively debates were generated and the topic commanded national attention. The effort, although [...]

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Personal/Family barriers

Acceptability Services must be desirable and viewed as acceptable to the patient/client and family. Physical setting, demeanor, and scope of services all must be acceptable. Language/Literacy Patients/clients experience significant barriers when important information is complex and not in their native language. Complicated systems such as application for Medicaid present perceived and real barriers in literacy [...]

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Financial barriers

Financial barriers

Insurance Coverage Insurance coverage, tied to employment, is the admission ticket to health services. While there are several government programs to provide services, substantial numbers fall into the “near poor” and uninsured or underinsured groups. Patients/clients are reluctant to seek care without insurance and providers/facilities are reluctant to provide care since services may not be [...]

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Structural barriers

Availability Access to health service, in particular, a regular source of medical care, is contingent upon services being available where and when needed by the service population. Barriers based on availability, for example, occur when services are located only in more urban areas creating barriers for remote rural populations or during hours when those working [...]

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