By: Amy Simmons
A new report highlights how access is a critical factor in efforts to reform the U.S. health care system. The George Washington University Department of Health Policy, supported by the Geiger Gibson/RCHN Community Health Foundation Research Collaborative, examines the potential effects of national health reform on the nation’s 96.2 million residents of urban and rural medically underserved communities.
The report estimates that 72 percent of medically underserved community residents are insured and yet still face barriers in accessing care. The solution? Investing in primary care.
“The success of national health reform for medically underserved communities ultimately will be measured not only in terms of the number of residents who gain insurance coverage but also by how well insurance reforms translate into health care access for community residents,” said Professor Sara Rosenbaum, JD, a study co-author and chair of the Department of Health Policy.
You can view the report at this link.