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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    Are New York Health Providers Ready to Meet Veterans' Needs?

    Mar 1, 2018

    Few civilian health providers in New York are ready to provide timely, quality care to veterans. More than 90 percent of providers were accepting new patients. But only about 2 percent met all criteria for effectively serving veterans.

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    Is Europe Prepared to Deliver an Alzheimer's Treatment?

    Sep 30, 2018

    A potential therapy for early-stage Alzheimer's patients might prevent or delay the progression to dementia. An assessment of how prepared six European nations are to deliver such a therapy indicates a pressing need to address health system constraints. One million patients could develop the disease while waiting for treatment.

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