Health Systems Assessment Session 3: Measuring Access to Healthcare | Dr. Jan Cooper


A well-functioning health system ensures that access to care will generate improved population health outcomes. Yet the interrelated and complex dynamics of a health system make it challenging to pinpoint which health systems dynamics will ensure that health care is well organized, delivered effectively, distributed efficiently and accessed fairly. How effectively citizens access care from the health system provides important insights for how well a health system functions.

This session will cover one of the key intermediate outcomes of the health system: access. The session will focus on the data and methodological needs for measuring access to care and equity in use of health services.

Drawing on data and examples from the Indian context, this session will include a presentation of methods to assess access, followed by group questions and discussion. Reading material will be shared before the session.

This session is open to participants interested in population health, the social determinants of health, and health care delivery and performance. Familiarity with national datasets will be helpful, but not required.

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