Health Care Access


Access to health care refers to the ease with which an individual can obtain needed medical services. RAND research has examined the social, cultural, economic, and geographic factors that influence health care access worldwide; the effects of changes in access; and the relationship between access and health for specific U.S. populations—including racial and ethnic minorities, people with limited English proficiency, the uninsured, the elderly, children, and veterans.

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    Research Brief

    What Does High-Quality Care Mean for Veterans with Invisible Wounds?

    Oct 22, 2020

    Many veterans have difficulty accessing high-quality care for posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. As clinical providers and veteran-serving organizations aim to improve access, a shared definition of high-quality care for these conditions would help them better meet veterans' needs.

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    What Role Will Telehealth Play After COVID-19?

    Jan 22, 2021

    The use of telehealth services has increased during the pandemic. When policymakers evaluate telehealth policy going forward, they will need to consider whether telemedicine can improve care quality, reduce costs, increase access, or achieve some combination of these goals.

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