Access to Care

Access to healthcare means having the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes.  Access to comprehensive, quality healthcare services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all Americans.  Attaining good access to care means having:

  • Health insurance that facilitates entry into the healthcare system.

  • Timely access to needed care.

  • A usual source of care with whom the patient can develop a relationship.

  • The ability to receive care when there is a perceived need for care.