Broadly defined, health care access means improving health care resources in order to preserve or improve health. Access can depend on availability of services, financial, social, and cultural barriers, affordability, physical accessibility, and acceptability. Partnership for a Healthy Durham has outlined six areas for improvement: obesity and chronic illness, access to medical and dental care, mental health and substance abuse, HIV and STIs, poverty and education.
Without access to care, our neighbors are likely to delay care and preventatives services, primary care, or chronic care management. A lack of access to care can mean the following for our neighbors: 25 percent greater chance of premature death, 30 percent more likely to have high blood pressure, 50 percent more likely to have high cholesterol, and significant impact on a family’s budget.
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