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AHS-6.1 Data Details

AHS-6.1 Reduce the proportion of persons who are unable to obtain or delay in obtaining necessary medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines

About the Data

Description of the data source, numerator, denominator, survey questions, and other relevant details about the national estimate.

National Data Source
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS); Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Changed Since the Healthy People 2020 Launch
No
Measure
percent 
Baseline (Year)
10.0 (2007)
Target
9.0
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Numerator
Number of persons who report not being able to or having delay in obtaining needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines
Denominator
Number of persons
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:

[NUMERATOR:]

In the last 12 months, was anyone in the family unable to get medical care, tests, or treatments they or a doctor believed necessary?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

In the last 12 months, was anyone in the family delayed in getting medical care, tests, or treatments they or a doctor believed necessary?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

In the last 12 months, was anyone in the family unable to get dental care, tests, or treatments they or a doctor believed necessary?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

In the last 12 months, was anyone in the family delayed in getting dental care, tests, or treatments they or a doctor believed necessary?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

In the last 12 months, was anyone in the family unable to get prescription medicines they or a doctor believed necessary?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know

In the last 12 months, was anyone in the family delayed in getting prescription medicines they or a doctor believed necessary?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. Refused
  4. Don't know
Data Collection Frequency
Annual
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Adapted from HP2010 objective
Changes Between HP2010 and HP2020
For Healthy People 2020 the objective tracks delay or difficulty in obtaining medical, dental, or prescription health services. In Healthy People 2010 the objective tracked delays or difficulty in obtaining non-specified health care due to various financial, physical, and other barriers