underserved community

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Guidelines and numerous studies provide information about the per capita requirements for all the principal components of a health care system. Another way that health planners operate is simply to calculate the per capita numbers of health professionals for the entire jurisdiction they administer and examine departures from the “average” that indicate (in theory) whether a community is underserved. Typically, rural regions and communities that are occupied predominantly by people in the lowest socioeconomic classes are underserved.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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