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Access to Health Services

Access to health services may affect a person’s health and well-being. Health insurance coverage is important for the achievement of health equity and for increasing the quality of life for everyone. Health insurance facilitates entry into the health care system.1 Populations with a usual source of care (a provider or facility where one regularly receives care) generally experience improved health outcomes and reduced disparities and health care costs.2

Persons with Health Insurance by Educational Attainment, 2015

For persons aged 25–64 years, the health insurance rate for those with an advanced degree was 42.3% higher than the rate for those without a high school education.
Advanced degree: 96.9%
Less than high school: 68.1%

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

Persons with a Usual Primary Care Provider by Health Insurance Status, 2014

For persons aged less than 65 years, the rate of having a usual primary care provider for those with public insurance was twice that for uninsured persons.
Uninsured: 40.5%
Private insurance: 77.7%
Public insurance only: 80.3%

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

Persons with Health Insurance

In 2015, 89.4% of persons aged less than 65 years had health insurance.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 100%
Most recent (2015): 89.4%
11.9% increase needed

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

Persons with a Usual Primary Care Provider

In 2014, 76.4% of people had a usual primary care provider.
Healthy People 2020 Target: 83.9%
Most recent (2015): 76.4%
9.8% increase needed

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

1 Hadley J, Holahan J. The cost of care for the uninsured: what do we spend, who pays, and what would full coverage add to medical spending? Kaiser Issue Update. Washington, DC: The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation; May 10, 2004. Available from: http://www.thesoutherninstitute.org/docs/publications/Policy%20Resources/KaiserReport.pdf.

2 Starfield B, Shi L. The medical home, access to care, and insurance: a review of evidence. Pediatrics 2004;113(5 Suppl):1493-8).