Medical Deserts

“Medical deserts imply the inability of a given population (and/or a population group) to access health services, or the state of isolation when it comes to receiving health services, based on three categories of quantitative and qualitative barriers (‘dimensions’), which are interrelated and dependent on each other, in varying degrees and modalities.”

The severity of ‘desertification’ can be concluded on the values of the criteria/indicators in all three dimensions. The level of desertification can be said to be more serious if a) the values differ more from the benchmark values and b) all three dimensions of barriers are present.

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