Using data from the 2002-2007 Medical Expenditure Panel
Survey (MEPS), this study examined access to care and
service use among non-elderly, uninsured rural and urban
Key Findings include:
- Uninsured residents of both rural and urban areas
face serious barriers to care compared to those with
health insurance coverage.
- The rural uninsured are more likely to have a usual
source of care and to have used ambulatory care in the
past year than the urban uninsured.
- Insured or not, rural residents have difficulty
accessing after hours care and traveling to see their