Clinical Care is anything relating to the direct medical treatment or testing of patients. Access to affordable, quality health care can prevent disease and lead to earlier disease detection. Communities are living longer lives because of breakthroughs in clinical care, such as advancements in vaccinations, surgical procedures and preventative screenings.
Nearly 30 million people in the U.S. have no medical health insurance. Care is limited by high deductibles, language differences, long distances and long wait times to reach providers and specialists. Telemedicine has improved access for some people.
Limited or low-quality care can lead to delayed diagnoses and treatments, worse health outcomes, lower quality of life and shorter lives.
Access to care and quality of care also vary by race and ethnicity, place and income. The measures of Clinical Care can help us understand how access differs between counties and within counties.
Clinical Care includes: