March 20, 2017 – Healthcare coverage via the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has increased the number of patients receiving primary preventive care, according to research published in the American Journal of Managed Care.
“A major goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is to increase access to healthcare, particularly for those who are uninsured, underinsured, or without stable healthcare insurance,” the researchers explained. “However, there has been significant debate as to whether the ACA has achieved its goals of improving access and decreasing costs and whether it should continue in its current form.”
The research team looked at the quality of newly-accessible healthcare, and not just the total volume of patients receiving care under the law.
In a survey of 2,145 patients, the team looked