Driver's License Suspension Policies as a Barrier to Health Care


Given the importance of driving for participation in modern society, a license suspension can significantly limit social and economic opportunity. In an article co-authored by PISC Scholar Allison Curry, PhD, researchers from Brown University School of Public Health, and the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the history of license suspension is described and the implications of a suspended license for access to health care are discussed.

The implications of a suspended license for access to health care include increased health care costs and potentially serious long-term health consequences due to the transportation-caused barriers. Non–driving-related license suspensions also exacerbate disparities in access to care as low-income and racial/ethnic minority drivers are substantially more likely to receive a suspension for a non–driving-related event.

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