Rating access to health care: Are there differences according to geographical region?

Aust N Z J Public Health. 2008 Jun;32(3):246-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1753-6405.2008.00223.x.


Objective: To report on satisfaction with access to health care in Queensland focussing on regional differences.

Methods: A sub-sample of 4440 respondents with no history of cancer from the Queensland Cancer Risk Study who completed a self-administered questionnaire was used for this study.

Main outcome measures: Perceptions of overall difficulty gaining access to health care and ratings of access to various health care services by region.

Results: Queenslanders living outside major cities reported less satisfaction with access to various aspects of health care services. Age was associated with more favourable ratings of health care access.

Conclusions: Despite public health efforts to increase service provision throughout Queensland, health care access is still rated relatively less favourably by Queenslanders in regional and remote parts of the state.

Implications: Identifying which services are difficult to access and why will assist public health policy makers in improving health service accessibility.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Female
  • Geography*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Satisfaction* / statistics & numerical data
  • Queensland
  • Surveys and Questionnaires