OVERVIEW

Access to and utilization of quality health care greatly affects a person’s health. Increasing access to both routine medical care and medical insurance are vital steps in improving the health of all Americans. Regular and reliable access to health services can prevent disease and disability, detect and treat illnesses or other health conditions, and increase life expectancy.

  • Routine checkups during infants’ first year can ensure that they are keeping pace with developmental milestones and staying healthy.

  • Regular doctor visits can monitor children and adolescents’ healthy growth and development.

  • Vaccinating children and adolescents on a recommended immunization schedule can protect them from serious diseases, including mumps, tetanus, and chicken pox.

  • Screening for overweight and obesity can reduce children and adolescents’ risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and cancer later in life.

  • Monitoring and managing weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol can reduce adults' risk for developing heart disease and diabetes.

  • Routine screening can detect certain cancers, such as breast, colorectal, and skin cancers, at earlier, more treatable stages.

  • Screening for and treating sexually transmitted diseases can reduce the risk of serious and long-term health conditions, such as infertility.

  • Regular checkups among adults age 65 and older can screen for health conditions that develop with age, such as eye diseases and hearing loss.

CHILDREN and ADOLESCENTS

ADULTS

Access to Health Services