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

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.

Data Source: 
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey
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

Comparable Healthy People 2010 Objective: 
Retained from HP2010 objective
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: 
Leading Health Indicator:
Methodology Notes: 

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