Assessing potential spatial accessibility of health services in rural China: a case study of Donghai County.

TitleAssessing potential spatial accessibility of health services in rural China: a case study of Donghai County.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHu R, Dong S, Zhao Y, Hu H, Li Z
JournalInternational journal for equity in health
Volume12
Pagination35
Date Published2013
Abstract

There is a great health services disparity between urban and rural areas in China. The percentage of people who are unable to access health services due to long travel times increases. This paper takes Donghai County as the study unit to analyse areas with physician shortages and characteristics of the potential spatial accessibility of health services. We analyse how the unequal health services resources distribution and the New Cooperative Medical Scheme affect the potential spatial accessibility of health services in Donghai County. We also give some advice on how to alleviate the unequal spatial accessibility of health services in areas that are more remote and isolated.

DOI10.1063/1.4732799
Alternate JournalInt J Equity Health