Transportation Policy Brief
Why should we care about transportation?
Patients miss appointments and become non-adherent to treatment plans and medication due to the inability to get to appointments, tests and to the pharmacy.
According to the American Hospital Association, as of 2017, medical transportation was the leading cause of patient no-shows, and missed
appointments are associated with increased medical care costs for the patient, disruption of patient care and provider-patient relationships, delayed care and increased emergency room visits.
Access to transportation is also a barrier to social determinants and health related social needs,such as accessing healthy foods and employment.