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Access means being able to get the care you need when you need it. Most importantly, that means having a way to pay for health care. It can be health insurance, a health plan, or some other way to pay, such as free care programs.

Access means a lot of other things, too. For example, it means having doctors and nurses in your area who speak your language. In some hospitals it means having access to a patient care navigator, someone who can be with you during your treatment. It means getting help caring for your family while you get care. There are roadblocks to getting health care. But there is also a lot of help out there, if you know where to look.

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