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access to healthcare, disability, older adults



  1. Smith, Diane L. PhD, OTR/L


Healthy People 2010 includes access to healthcare as 1 of the 10 leading public health issues. This study compared healthcare access for older adults with disabilities with older adults without disabilities using data from the National Health Interview Survey from 1997 to 2006 to determine the effect of age and disability on healthcare access and examine the impact of policies designed to ensure healthcare access. Results showed that older adults with disabilities exhibit disparity when accessing healthcare services compared with older adults without disabilities. Implications for public healthcare professionals, rehabilitation professionals, and policy makers are discussed.