Access to Health Care
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Access to health care has dominated the health policy scene for several decades. In the early 1990s, national legislation, “universal access” to health care, was introduced by President Clinton and the Congress as a way to provide health security for all Americans. Lively debates were generated and the topic commanded national attention. The effort, although unsuccessful, has kept the problem of health care access on the public agenda. Access to care generally refers to the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best possible outcomes. Initially, the premise was access to physicians and hospitals. More recently, health care access has included a variety of providers, services, and facilities. In addition, access describes the actual use of health services and factors that facilitate or impede health care.
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