Our health care system helps to save lives and improves our quality of life. Having health care coverage and access to high quality health care services can help improve health outcomes for everyone.
Getting health care when needed prevents and treats illness and improves longevity. Insurance is only one factor in accessing health care. In addition to having comprehensive, affordable health insurance, access to health care means that the full range of health care services, including medical, dental, mental health, and long term care, are available. Accessibility means that affordable care is offered when, where, and how it is needed. Health care access can affect health outcomes for a variety of conditions and diseases.
Having access to health care will only improve health if the care provided is safe, effective, patient-centered, and timely. Poor quality care can be costly for health and expenditures. Spending more on health care may reduce investments in other areas which affect health, such as wages and education. Quality health care in all settings can affect health outcomes for a variety of conditions and diseases.