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Access to Health Care
The Promise of Health Care
We believe that effective, compassionate health care systems are critical to achieving better health for people around the world. No two countries have the same health care system, and local customs and cultural values often play a role in how different health systems balance the demands of providing care with those of cost, access, choice, quality and medical advances. The Promise of Health Care reflects our perspectives on what it takes to deliver good health care and lays out our role in advancing care through our own actions and by working with others.
As part of that promise, we believe that people everywhere are served best when health care systems provide equal access to quality health care across all economic and social circumstances. Access to health care and prevention is often a factor of non-medical reasons such as race, gender, ethnicity, education and geographic location. These factors can affect the quality and type of care people receive, and the types of medical conditions people get.
We strive to work with others in health care to reduce health disparities and make long-term differences in human health. Through the Johnson & Johnson Community Health Care Program, established more than 20 years ago, we fund non-profit community-based health organizations that provide creative and effective access to quality health care for medically underserved populations.
Covering the Uninsured
Around the world, millions of people lack health insurance. In many countries, insurance is not offered. In others, such as the U.S., it may be unavailable or unaffordable for some people. In the U.S., we work on many fronts to help America’s uninsured and underinsured people access the quality health care they need:
• We support government programs that provide healthcare coverage for the uninsured, such as the Medicare Prescription Drug benefit and Medicaid
• Johnson & Johnson companies help support independent, charitable foundations that assist patients with specific diseases in paying their insurance premiums or the co-pays associated with medications. Programs exist for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, as well as anemia
• We also support policies that promote the efficient use of safety net systems, such as community-based health centers
Access to Medicines
Part of assuring access to health care is assuring people around the world have the medicines and health care products they need. Johnson & Johnson has many programs for those who cannot afford our medicines. See the section on Access to Medicine