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Access to Healthcare

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Fatima Chaudhry

on 29 October 2013

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Transcript of Access to Healthcare

The Position of the Pharmacist
Most accessible healthcare professional
Access to Healthcare
Impact of Pharmacists
• There is a gap between supply of PCPs and demand generated through unmet patient needs.
Expanding the capacity to meet demand --> pharmacists can help solve primary care crisis!
A wellness campaign to expand access to health screenings and health care nationwide; helping people take charge of their health
Health risk assessments (hypertension, BMI, glucose and cholesterol screenings)
Smoking cessation counseling
The Four Components for Access to Healthcare
Coverage: health insurance coverage helps patients get into the health care system.
Services: improving health care services depends in part on ensuring that people have a usual and ongoing source of care.
Timeliness: the health care system's ability provide health care quickly after a need is recognized.
Workforce: the available providers of health care

Mariam Abuagla, Fatima Chaudhry, Arzo Hamidi,
Pooja Kirpekar, Jennifer Murphy, Emily Ratliff, Therese Tran
Preventative Care Services
The Benefits of Pharmacy Practice
Medication therapy management is readily available to all patients
Desired patient outcomes are more frequently achieved
Overuse, underuse, and misuse of medications are minimized
Medication-related public health goals are more effectively achieved
Cost-effectiveness of medication therapy is optimized
How Pharmacists Will Practice
Remain accessible to patients
Increase authority to manage medication therapy and accountability for patients' therapeutic outcomes
Communicate and collaborate with patients and healthcare providers
Promote Pharmacy and Health information technology interoperability
Promote wellness, health improvement, and disease prevention and oversight of safe and timely medication distribution systems
- Patient Counseling
Educate about medication safety, adverse reactions and importance of adherence
- Work in a variety of settings
- Work with other health care professionals
Give recommendations, dose medications, prevent medication errors
Background Information
-Access to health care services is important in order to achieve health equity and in order to improve the quality of a healthy life for everyone.

-Access to health care impacts: overall physical, social, and mental health status, prevention of disease and disability, detection and treatment of health conditions, quality of life, preventable death, and life expectancy.

-Over the past decade, the rate of persons with health insurance has decreased 1.0% between 2001 and 2011, from 83.6% to 82.8%.

Challenges and Opportunities
Geographical Barriers
Cultural Barriers
Socioeconomic Barriers
Creation of HMO
Mobile services
Comprehensive health care reform
Culturally competent health system
Adequate training and outreach services

Future Directions
CVS/Pharmacy's "Project Health"
Expanding the Role of the Pharmacist
STI treatment provider in the setting of an urban free health clinic.
Opportunities for community pharmacists to help increase healthcare access for young people.
- Immunizations
- Screenings
- Medication Therapy Management
- Smoking Cessation
- Education and Counseling
Diabetes Education, Nutrition and Wellness
Accessibility of Pharmacists
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