More than One in Five Adults with Limited Public Transit Access Forgo Health Care Because of Transportation Barriers

  • Date: 04/26/2023

Key Findings

  • 21 percent of U.S. adults without access to a vehicle or public transit went without needed medical care last year. Individuals who lacked access to a vehicle but reported neighborhood access to public transportation services were less likely to skip needed care (9%).
  • 5 percent of all U.S. adults reported forgoing healthcare due to transportation barriers.
  • Black adults (8%), adults with low family incomes (14%), and adults with public health insurance (12%) were all more likely to forgo needed care due to difficulty finding transportation.
  • Adults with a disability (17%) were more than three times as likely to report skipping care due to transportation concerns.
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