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Transportation issues can affect a person’s access to health care services. These issues may result in delayed health care appointments, increased health spending and overall poorer health management.
There has been a lot of data circulating in recent months about the alarming and disproportionate rates of maternal mortality among Black women in comparison to White women, "37.1 deaths per 100,000 births compared to 14.7 deaths per 100,000 births, respectively".
Social determinants of health, account for 70% of health outcomes and encompass the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.
Non-emergency medical transportation yields a considerable return on investment (ROI) as it helps with patient care access in chronic disease management, according to new data from the Medical Transportation Access Coalition (MTAC).
Transportation issues include lack of vehicle access, inadequate infrastructure, long distances and lengthy times to reach needed services, transportation costs and adverse policies that affect travel.