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... each individual. A key quality of this initiative is that it has the capability to reduce disparities in access to primary care by taking the free service to those target populations – addressing inequalities household incomes, diminishing cost and transport barriers. However, the limitations of such a solution cannot be hidden. The ‘Rheumatic Fever Ready’ service does not focus on improving housing quality or reducing overcrowding – key risk factors. King (2015) emphasizes that providing health care alone is not sufficient enough to reduce rates. Providing services that are accessible for all is essential but so is the effort to address social factors that impact health, such as housing conditions. In order to contribute further reduction in rates, the service will need to look into providing a more holistic approach that addresses all aspects of Rheumatic fever.
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