According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), access to health care means having "the timely use of personal health services to achieve the best health outcomes.”
Why does optimal access matter?
Optimal access is the key to quality of care. Efforts to increase surgical presence and availability are crucial to providing the right care, at the right time, in the right place. Optimal quality, the centerpiece of the mission of the American College of Surgeons, is not achievable without optimal access.