Transportation's Impacts on Medical Appointments

Patient transportation is viewed by many as one of many social factors regarding a communities overall health. Social factors can account for more than 30 % of a patient health overall as well. In can be said that supporting a social factor such as patient transportation can have a serious impact on patient wellness. About 3.6 million individuals do not potentially have access to medical care because they do not have transportation to appointments, and four percent of children miss medical appointments for the same reason. Additionally, transportation obstacles serve as the third leading cause of people missing a medical appointment which in itself can create unpredictable scenarios that may potentially affect someones life.

Common transportation obstacles include long distance travel, no vehicle, cost, and circumstantial policies that affect travel. Each of these obstacles have kept patients from accessing their providers, which in turn could impair overall health.

Lack of transportation may affect a person’s access to health care services. Transportation obstacles can lead to delayed health care appointments, and ultimately potentially missed health care appointments which would also result in a rise in health expenditures and overall undesirable health consequences.

Potential Impacts of Missed Appointments

A missed appointment can impact both patient health and healthcare activities. Patients who miss appointments may experience their health and wellness decline. Patients who manage a chronic illness, I.e. need to attend their regular check-ins with their providers. These check-ins ensure the patient’s condition has not worsened and indicate any necessary kind of preventive care to reduce chances of a potential costly medical scenario. When a patient cannot attend these appointments, they are unnecessarily potentially risking their overall health and possibly costing themselves more healthcare dollars.

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