In the last 12 months, one in nine disabled adults were unable to visit a GP as they lacked transport.
We have just updated our 'Unmet need for GP services due to a lack of transport' indicator. Here are the key findings:
- In 2019/20, an estimated 123,000 New Zealanders (1.6% of children and 2.7% of adults) had experienced an unmet need for GP services in the past 12 months as they were unable to access transport.
- Lack of transport was a major barrier to accessing GP services for disabled adults, with one in nine people affected in 2019/20. Disabled adults were 6.5 times as likely as non-disabled adults to be unable to access GP services due to a lack of transport.
- In 2019/20, women were twice as likely as men to be unable to access GP services due to a lack of transport.
- Lack of transport was also a barrier to Māori and Pacific people of all ages in 2019/20. Amongst adults in these groups, 6.6% could not visit a GP because of a lack of transport, as did 5.8% of Pacific children and 3.0% of Māori children.
- In 2019/20, adults living in the most deprived areas were around four times more likely to have an unmet need for GP service due to a lack of transport than people living in the least deprived areas.
You can read more here.