Access to Health Care

Ronald Andersen

in Public Health

ISBN: 9780199756797
Published online February 2011 | | DOI:
Access to Health Care

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“Access to health care,” along with the cost and quality of that care, is generally considered one of the three major indicators for evaluating the performance of a health-care system. Even though access is a major indicator of performance and a continuing problem for the US health-care system, it is often not clearly defined and its meaning has been changing over time. This entry will consider general overviews and key reference works on access, as well as textbooks, anthologies, and journals including sections on access to care. It will also provide references to definitions of access to health care, models of access to care based on different disciplines, the multiple dimensions of access in a comprehensive model, the role of access in understanding and attempting to reduce disparities in health and health care, and the importance of access in the recently passed Health Care Reform Bill in the United States and efforts to implement it.

Article.  6991 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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