Citizen Brief

Access to Health Care 

Citizens4health vision

Healthcare is comprehensive, available, and easily accessible, offering a choice of provider, hospital and treatment options that are evidence-based.  

Goal: By November 2020, 100% of Americans have access to healthcare services 

The Health of the Nation Metrics:

 

The availability of healthcare services for various conditions and the geographic variation of the services available.

 

The Health of the Nation Goal for 2020: Access to quality health care

 

1.      Individuals have access to quality care in a reasonable distance

2.      Wait time is reasonable   

 

The Health of the Nation Measures:

The availability of healthcare services for various conditions and the geographic variation of the services available.

 

CURRENT SITUATION

 

There is fragmented, patchy delivery of health care services, geographic variability, lack of needed services, and various arrangements limiting the effectiveness of the care. There is a well-recognized disparity based on economic status, geography, age. For some (usually based on the insurer) often access and choice is too limited. Services are used inappropriately. Access is often overused based on supply of providers, hospitals, high tech equipment.

 

INTRODUCTION - ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

 

This section will provide information, knowledge and a forum for dialogue about access to quality health care. It will include different delivery systems based on the needs of the person and geographic considerations. 

The section will address:

 

·  Universal access to affordable health care

·  Equal basic treatment available to people of all income levels

·  Centrality of the patent doctor/clinician relationship 

Delivery of services

Ways to deliver HC, Improved delivery

  • Healthcare regional

  • Systems

  • Safety net

  • Providers

  • Hospital

  • Emergency rooms

  • LTC

  • Clinics

  • Others –innovation