Barriers to Health Care Access for Low Income Families: A Review of Literature

J Community Health Nurs. 2018 Jan-Mar;35(1):28-37. doi: 10.1080/07370016.2018.1404832.


Having a low-income presents a variety of problems for families and children, with access to health care being the most complex and prevalent. Although there are many challenges for low-income families to access adequate health care in the United States, the key barriers identified in this review of literature are a lack of education, complications with health insurance, and a distrust of health care providers. Each obstacle is influenced by a myriad of factors that affect vulnerable sub-groups of low-income families. Acknowledging the barriers that prevent access to health care for low-income families is the first step towards determining future sustainable solutions.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Educational Status
  • Family
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Poverty*
  • Trust
  • United States