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Report: Address indirect cost challenges to lower barriers to care

Many patients, particularly low-income and socially vulnerable people, face numerous indirect health care cost barriers -- such as transportation costs, lost wages and the cost of child or elder care -- that could deter them from seeking care when they need it, according to a practice brief from America's Essential Hospitals. These potential barriers to care are linked to social determinants of health, according to the brief, which calls for SDOH screening, partnership with social workers and community services, and development of resources to enable patients to reach out for help themselves.

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