Access to health – Location counts

Comment: The Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute has released a press release that indicates where you live impacts on whether you can access the latest treatments. Another example of how the social determinants of health impact upon health and lifestyles.

“This study shows that people with diabetes in remote parts of Australia do not have the same access to new medicines, which can reduce complications. We also see consistent reports that people with diabetes in remote Australia experience much higher rates of serious complications, such as limb amputations related to diabetes, because of inequities in access to early and optimal care and treatments,” 

“It’s time for a much stronger focus on people with diabetes in regional and remote Australia to eliminate this postcode lottery and provide people in remote Australia with the same access to diabetes care that we provide in the big cities.”

Click here for the press release