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AHS-3 Data Details

AHS-3 Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care provider Leading Health Indicators

Leading Health Indicators are a subset of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues.

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
Baseline (Year)
76.3 (2007)
Target-Setting Method
10 percent improvement
Number of persons who report that they have a usual primary care provider
Number of persons
Questions Used to Obtain the National Baseline Data

From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:


Is there a particular doctor's office, health center, or other place that [PERSON] usually goes if [PERSON] is sick or needs advice about [PERSON's] health?

  1. Yes
  2. No
  3. More than one place
  4. Refused
  5. Don't know

Is [PROVIDER] the {person/place} they would go for new health problems?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Is [PROVIDER] the {person/place} they would go for preventive health care, such as general check-ups, examinations, and immunizations?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Is [PROVIDER] the {person/place} they would go for referrals to other health professionals when needed?

  1. Yes
  2. No
Data Collection Frequency
Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective
Retained from HP2010 objective
Leading Health Indicator
Access to Health Services
Methodology Notes

Persons were considered to have a usual primary care provider if they responded “yes” to all four of the Numerator questions.