Mapping geographic access to COVID-19 health care in Brazil

Author: Rafael H. M. Pereira ,Carlos KauĂȘ Vieira Braga ,Luciana Mendes Servo ,Bernardo Serra ,Pedro Amaral ,Nelson Gouveia ,Antonio Paez
Thematic Area: Social Protection

Abstract:At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, a lack of preparedness of health systems in developing countries to cope with increased demand for hospitalisation was a cause for concern. The distribution of health infrastructure within cities and ease of access, particularly for the most vulnerable groups, are crucial factors to develop informed and effective responses. This One Pager discusses how the novel BFCA methodology shows how competition effects in access to health care can have important but often overlooked implications for policy planning.

Keywords:COVID-19; geographic access to health care; balanced float catchment area methodology
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Type/Issue:One Pager/476

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