Rating access to health care : are there differences according to geographical region?
Hausdorf, Katrin, Rogers, Carla M., Whiteman, David C., Newman, Beth M., Coxeter, Peter D., Youl, Philippa H., & Aitken, Joanne F. (2008) Rating access to health care : are there differences according to geographical region? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(3), pp. 246-249.
Objective: To report on satisfaction with access to health care in Queensland focussing on regional differences.-----
Methods: A sub-sample of 4440 respondents with no history of cancer from the Queensland Cancer Risk Study who completed a self-administered questionnaire was used for this study.-----
Main outcome measures: Perceptions of overall difficulty gaining access to health care and ratings of access to various health care services by region.-----
Results: Queenslanders living outside major cities reported less satisfaction with access to various aspects of health care services. Age was associated with more favourable ratings of health care access.-----
Conclusions: Despite public health efforts to increase service provision throughout Queensland, health care access is still rated relatively less favourably by Queenslanders in regional and remote parts of the state.-----
Implications: Identifying which services are difficult to access and why will assist public health policy makers in improving health service accessibility.
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