Health care is not equal for all
Underuse of effective care also extends to other areas as well. Disparities in care, based on race, ethnicity, language or socioeconomic status, mean that some Washingtonians are less likely to receive the care they need. Our patient experience survey revealed some patients report receiving lower levels of care from their provider, such as difficulty in getting a timely appointment or inadequate communication and that this correlates with worse health outcomes.
Over the next several years, the Alliance is focusing on several areas to address underuse of effective care. Much of this focus is in the primary care setting , which is the lynchpin in any health care system transformation.