Frontier Health Professional Shortage Area Law and Legal Definition

Frontier health professional shortage area means an area or geographically marginalized community with fragile health care delivery systems. These areas require higher level of health care services and health care professionals because they lack population centers that can support the health care services, primary care, and other services offered in areas with high density of population. People in frontier health professional shortage area are generally with lower income when compared to rural and urban areas.

The term "frontier health professional shortage area" is defined under 42 USCS § 295p (18) as an area:

(A) with a population density less than 6 persons per square mile within the service area; and

(B) with respect to which the distance or time for the population to access care is excessive.