Approximately 99 million adults in the U.S. have one or more chronic health conditions such as arthritis, asthma, diabetes, emphysema, high blood pressure, ischemic heart disease or stroke. Among these, about half report needing to see a specialist
Surprisingly, adults aged 25-44 were more than twice as likely as adults age 65 and over to perceive problems in gaining access to a specialist (10.2 % v. 4.2 %)
Unfortunately, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality didn’t ask why access was a problem, nor did they offer any solutions for overcoming access issues.
Word on Health would like to hear from you if you’ve had difficulty reaching a specialist or if you’re a specialist with insights into this problem.