Addressing Transportation Issues Leads to Better Care

New AHA guide offers strategies to help hospitals, health systems recognize and address transportation issues

Transportation can influence the health and well-being of communities. Every year, 3.6 million people in the United States do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues. These issues, which affect rural and urban communities, may result in missed or delayed health care appointments, increased health expenditures and overall poorer health outcomes. Although hospitals and health systems do not traditionally focus on transportation within their purview of care delivery, there is a growing recognition that improving transportation access and support for patients can result in improved outcomes and lower costs for populations. Reliable and safe transportation services are essential for healthy communities.

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