Health Care Services Utilization

Health care services utilization refers to how much health care people use, the types of health care they use, and the timing of that care. People use health care services for many reasons: to cure illnesses and health conditions, to mend breaks and tears, to prevent or delay future health care problems, to reduce pain and increase quality of life, and sometimes merely to obtain information about their health status and prognosis. Health care utilization can be appropriate or inappropriate, of high or low quality, expensive or inexpensive. It is an evolving process as the population's need for care has changed over time. Factors that influence health care needs include aging, sociodemographic population shifts, and changes in the prevalence and incidence of different diseases. This ...

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