Health care resource allocation and individuals' health care needs: examining the degree of fit

Health Policy. 2005 Aug;73(2):183-93. doi: 10.1016/j.healthpol.2004.11.010. Epub 2004 Dec 15.


Previous studies examine associations between health system resources and an individual's use of health services, yet the importance of these resources in meeting an individual's health care needs is unclear. This paper examines the relationship between health care system characteristics, other social and economic characteristics of counties in a mid-western U.S. state and an individual's ability to meet health care needs over a 12-month period. We conclude that policy interventions are needed that look beyond health resource allocation to address problems in health care access that contribute to inequities in health.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Data Collection
  • Delivery of Health Care / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Care Rationing*
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Ohio