Access to Health Care

The ease with which individuals or groups of people obtain health care or health services in a given community. Individuals with reliable health insurance, a regular provider for health care, and higher income may have easier access to quality health care, because of their ability to pay for service, while those with inadequate health insurance and low socioeconomic status may have limited access to health care (Bodenheimer, & Grumbach, 2002; McKenzie, Pinger, & Kotecki, 2002; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Health educators look at access to health care in terms of transportation, location of facility, hours of operation, cost and financing (including health insurance), and social, ethnic, language, and geographical concerns that may help or hinder individuals in obtaining health care.

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