Transportation Barrier Access Health Care Services

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Transportation barrier to access health care services in rural population Transportation is one of critical social determinants of health and the availability of convenient transportation impacts individuals’ ability to access quality healthcare (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011). One of the major challenges that rural Canadians face is the lack or limited of public transportation which results in delaying access to health-care services (Canadian Institutes of Health Research, 2011). Canadians who reside in rural communities or small towns generally have to travel long distance to get the health care they need. Transportation is a significant issue for access to health care services, particularly in rural areas where travel distances are required and access to substitute means such as public transit or taxi services is limited or lack (Rural Assistance Center, 2015). Transportation services play an essential role in assisting residents in rural communities, particularly those who are vulnerable and most in need of this assistance to maintain their health and well-being. The negative impacts of limited or lack transportation services on rural population include rescheduled or missed appointments, delayed care and missed or delayed medication use (Syed, Gerber & Sharp, 2013). Mattson (2010) claimed that the delay in medical appointment for rural clients not only resulted in missing the care at the time they most need it, but it also can be more serious and costly
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