Barriers to Health Care Access for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: Recommendations from Rural Health Clinics

Date
01/2021
Description

Access to health care is essential for maintaining good health, but people in rural areas often face specific barriers to access, including in primary care. To date, there is limited information outlining specific barriers that are encountered by safety net providers in serving rural Medicare beneficiaries, including Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that were designed to increase access for rural residents. This policy brief presents findings from an online survey of RHCs describing barriers for Medicare patients in accessing healthcare services and recommendations for how to improve access to care for Medicare beneficiaries in rural areas.

Center
University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
Authors
Megan Lahr, Carrie Henning-Smith, Adrita Rahman, Ashley Hernandez