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Health care - have a personal doctor, adult

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Have a personal doctor, adult by county, 2018-2020

Why Is This Important?

People who lack a regular source of health care may not receive the proper medical services when they need them. This can lead to missed diagnoses, untreated conditions, and adverse health outcomes. People without a regular source of health care are less likely to get routine checkups and screenings. When they become ill, they generally delay seeking treatment until the condition is more advanced and therefore more difficult and costly to treat. Young children and elderly adults are more likely to have a usual source of care compared to adults aged 18 to 64 years. Maintaining regular contact with a health care provider is especially difficult for persons with low-income, who are less likely to have health insurance. This often results in emergency room visits, which raises overall costs and lessens the continuity of care.

Definition

Percent of adults who report having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.

Data Source

'''Citation''': Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, ''[Chart Title, years]''. [URL.] Published [update date]. Accessed [query date].

How the Measure is Calculated

Numerator:Number of adults say they have one or more person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.
Denominator:Number of adults for whom having a personal doctor or health care provider can be calculated (excludes unknowns and refusals).
Indicator Data Last Updated On 07/01/2022, Published on 07/31/2022