This volume in The SAGE Reference Series on Disability explores health and medical issues for people with disabilities. It is one of eight volumes in the cross-disciplinary and issues-based series, which incorporates links from varied fields making up disability studies as volumes examine topics central to the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families. With a balance of history, theory, research, and application, specialists set out the findings and implications of research and practice for others whose current or future work involves the care or study of those with disabilities, as well as for the disabled themselves. The concise, engaging presentational style emphasizes accessibility. Taken individually, each volume sets out the fundamentals of the topic it addresses, accompanied by compiled data and statistics, recommended further readings, a guide to organizations and associations, and other annotated resources, thus providing the ideal introductory platform and gateway for further study. Taken together, the series represents both a survey of major disability issues and a guide to new directions and trends and contemporary resources in the field as a whole.

Current Issues, Controversies, and Solutions

Current issues, controversies, and solutions

People with disabilities often face a multitude of problems seeking and receiving needed healthcare services. To systematically address some of these problems, this chapter uses the conceptual framework of health services research. Health services research is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the study of the access, costs, quality, and outcomes of healthcare services. Access to healthcare consists of everything that facilitates or impedes (i.e., geographic barriers, and not having health insurance coverage) the use of healthcare services. Costs of healthcare include provider costs and charges and the payments made by insurers and individuals for healthcare services. Quality of healthcare encompasses the elements of structure, process, and the outcomes of healthcare. Outcomes of healthcare generally include ...

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