Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 361 1 Access to Healthcare The availability of and access to affordable, quality mental and physical healthcare also received low quality ratings by older adults and key actors in the region (Figure 5). Older adults in the RRR additionally report struggling to find affordable health insurance and/or information about Medicare and Medicaid. “Going to a doctor is so expensive... I’d rather wait it out, like the issue I am having with my eyes right now, and wait to see if I get better,” said one Eagle County resident. Older adults living in Eagle County also cite challenges in accessing the specialty healthcare they require. “I have to travel to Glenwood or Vail to have specialty medical care, and to Edwards for the dermatologist and eye doctor,” said one individual. “[I] had assumed that services would be more central.” Another stated, “[I] have arthritis and osteoporosis and am looking for a good doctor for hips. [I] went to Glenwood [Springs] for care and go to physical therapy in Eagle.” Availability of affordable, quality physical healthcare Availability of quality mental healthcare Quality of Specialty Healthcare in the RRR 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% Percent “excellent” or “good” Older Adults Key Actors Figure 5: Quality rankings by older adults and key actors of affordable, quality mental and physical healthcare in the RRR. Source: Northwest Colorado Council of Governments, Rural Resort Region Gaps Analysis of Services for an Aging Population (January 2011).