Access Access to health care services can have an impact on quality of care and people’s health outcomes


There are many factors that could help or hinder people’s access to good quality health care services. For example, age, ethnicity, economic circumstances, or geographic location.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Clearing the backlog caused by the pandemic

Consultation response
September 2021

Our evidence to the Health and Social Care Select Committee's inquiry

Pent up demand for care risks further inflating NHS backlog

Press release
27 September 2021

New analysis shows that while the waiting list for hospital care continues to grow, so too does the number of ‘missing' patients who have not yet been added to the list.

Elective care: how has COVID-19 affected the waiting list?

27 September 2021

Latest analysis looks at the scale of the elective care backlog, and how pent-up demand is affecting some areas of England worse than others.

Significant investment needed as waiting list for routine hospital care continues to grow

Press release
15 April 2021

Health Foundation response to the publication of NHS England’s monthly performance statistics in April 2021.

Longer waits, missing patients and catching up

13 April 2021

Six charts looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consultant-led elective care.

President Biden’s uphill task on US health care

22 March 2021

Episode 6. What can the Biden administration accomplish on health and health care in the next four years?

Research reveals scale of reduction in hospital treatment for care home residents and warns of backlog of pent-up demand for NHS care

8 March 2021

The amount of hospital care received by those living in care homes in England rapidly declined in the first three months of the pandemic in 2020 

Who gets in?

28 October 2020

In this short analysis our Policy team use data from the annual GP patient survey to explore access to general practice, unpicking how patient satisfaction varies by deprivation, age and ethnicity.

Vital that government supports NHS and social care to keep normal services running as winter approaches

Press release
1 October 2020

Health Foundation response to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond.

Public confidence in using NHS returning but concerns persist among groups worst affected by COVID-19

Press release
10 September 2020

The Health Foundation releases new polling data with Ipsos MORI looking at the public’s attitudes on health and social care following COVID-19.

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