Asthma Capitals: Access to Specialists

In AAFA's Asthma Capitals ReportDownload PDF, we looked at eight risk factors that can affect asthma rates: povertylack of health insurancepoor air qualitypollen countslong-term control medicine usequick-relief medicine usesmoking laws and access to specialists.

One of the most important parts of managing asthma is working with a health care team. Together, you can create an asthma plan to keep your asthma under control. If you have asthma, you might need to see a specialist. Pulmonologists, allergists and immunologists can offer special care for people with asthma. They often have more experience treating patients with asthma than a primary care physician.

Access to appropriate medical care is dependent upon different factors, including socioeconomic status, insurance status and availability of specialists in nearby locations. The lack of availability of nearby asthma specialists may be associated with poor asthma outcomes.

Access to Specialists

Living in an area where there are fewer specialists can mean traveling long distances for care. This can be a burden on personal finances and time, especially when frequent trips are needed. And it may take months to get an appointment.

Cities and States Specialist Callout