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Access to Health Services

Health insurance coverage is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of life for everyone. People with health insurance are more likely to have a usual primary care provider, which has been associated with greater trust in the provider and an increased likelihood that patients will receive appropriate care.

Persons Without a Usual Primary Care Provider by Health Insurance Status, 2011

For the population aged less than 65 years, the rate for the uninsured population was more than three times that for persons with public insurance.

Rates for all health insurances status groups were:
Uninsured: 57.9%
Private insurance: 19.5%
Public insurance: 18.1%

Healthy People 2020 Targets

PEOPLE WITH HEALTH INSURANCE

In 2012, 83.1% of people under age 65 had health insurance.
HP2020 Target: 100%
2012: 83.1%
20.3% increase needed

Data source: National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), CDC/NCHS

PEOPLE WITH A USUAL PRIMARY CARE PROVIDER

In 2011, the proportion of people with a usual primary care provider was 77.3%.
HP2020 Target: 83.9%
2011: 77.3%
8.6% increase needed

Data source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS), AHRQ