Thursday, June 15, 2017

Healthy People 2020: Who's Leading the Leading Health Indicators? Access to Health Services


 Access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for achieving health equity and for increasing length and quality of life for everyone. Regular and reliable access to health services prevents disease and disability; detects and treats illnesses or other health conditions; reduces the likelihood of premature (early) death; and increases life expectancy. Disparities in access to health services affect individuals and society. Limited access to health care impacts people's ability to reach their full potential, negatively affecting their quality of life. Population groups with a usual source of care, such as a primary care provider (PCP), have better health outcomes and fewer health care costs.1 Having both a PCP and medical insurance can prevent illness by improving access to a range of recommended preventive services across the lifespan. Lacking access to health services—even for just a short period—can lead to poor health outcomes over time. Increasing access to both routine medical care and medical insurance is a vital step in improving the health of all Americans. 
Access to Health Services infographic

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