Access to Care
Access to appropriate health care improves people’s health status and their quality of life. [6-10] People without adequate access to the care they need experience unmet health needs, delay receipt of needed care, and may be hospitalized for conditions that can be prevented with adequate outpatient care. Many Americans, especially those who are low-income and racial and ethnic minorities, have inadequate access to care. This dashboard tracks changes in access to generalist, specialist, and oral health care and assesses the adequacy of access by measuring the rate of preventable hospitalization. The national summary data for the measures that comprise this dashboard are presented below.