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Judith Healy and Martin McKee

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780198516187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198516187.001.0001

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Access and Equity in Australian Rural Health Services

Access and Equity in Australian Rural Health Services

(p.89) Chapter 6 Access and Equity in Australian Rural Health Services
Accessing Healthcare

Judith Healy

Martin McKee

Oxford University Press

Urban and rural differences in service distribution, access, and health outcomes are problematic in many countries, with generally worse indicators in rural and remote regions. Differential health access and outcomes between ‘the city and the bush’ is a political issue in Australia. Health services increasingly have been centralized in regional and metropolitan centres, which increases the need to fund and deliver specifically rural services to combat locational disadvantage. These rural programmes include a range of outreach and mobile services, multipurpose centres with pooled funding, transport arrangements, training and incentives for rural professionals, and e-health services such as telemedicine.

Keywords:   rural inequalities, locational disadvantage, rural medicine, territorial justice, pooled funding, e-health services

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