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.

  • A woman sits handcuffed after arriving at the Los Angeles Century Jail for Women in Lynwood, California, April 26, 2013, photo by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters


    Counties Need to Help Parolees Access Health Care

    Nov 23, 2016

    Health needs can be big challenges for former prisoners seeking to reenter communities. But recent policies in California promise to reduce that barrier.

  • Man having video chat with doctor on a laptop at home


    Lessons Learned from the MAVEN Project Pilot

    Dec 9, 2016

    The Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project created a corps of experienced volunteer physicians to provide telehealth consults to providers in safety-net clinics. This evaluation of the program can inform quality-improvement efforts.

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