Health – including physical and mental well-being – is an important determinant of overall quality of life.
|Primary care plays an important role in achieving healthy outcomes.One of the strategies of our healthy lives initiative is to increase the number of practicing primary care professionals.
Access to quality healthcare
Many Rhode Islanders currently face barriers to quality healthcare; 14.6% of adults did not have health insurance in 2010 (lower than the national average but the highest rate in New England).
People without primary care or health insurance defer care or use hospital emergency rooms in times of crisis, driving up the costs of healthcare for everyone.
Rhode Island has tremendous responsibilities and opportunities in implementing new federal reforms.