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Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care

This indicator shows the percentage of adults that report having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care

80.9
76.3
Comparison: FL Counties 

78.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: Miami-Dade

Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 67 Florida counties.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
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Why is this important?

People who lack a regular source of health care may not receive the proper medical services when they need them. This can lead to missed diagnoses, untreated conditions, and adverse health outcomes. People without a regular source of health care are less likely to get routine checkups and screenings. When they become ill, they generally delay seeking treatment until the condition is more advanced and therefore more difficult and costly to treat. Young children and elderly adults are most likely to have a usual source of care, whereas adults aged 18 to 64 years are the least likely. Maintaining regular contact with a health care provider is especially difficult for low-income people, who are less likely to have health insurance. This often results in emergency room visits, which raises overall costs and lessens the continuity of care.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to increase the proportion of people with a usual primary care provider to 83.9%.

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care : Time Series

2002: 69.7 2007: 74.7 2010: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Age

18-44: 63.7 45-64: 82.0 65+: 97.4 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Gender

Female: 77.6 Male: 79.4 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 79.8 Hispanic: 71.9 White: 90.2 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care

Comparison: Prior Value 

78.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: Miami-Dade

Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

People who lack a regular source of health care may not receive the proper medical services when they need them. This can lead to missed diagnoses, untreated conditions, and adverse health outcomes. People without a regular source of health care are less likely to get routine checkups and screenings. When they become ill, they generally delay seeking treatment until the condition is more advanced and therefore more difficult and costly to treat. Young children and elderly adults are most likely to have a usual source of care, whereas adults aged 18 to 64 years are the least likely. Maintaining regular contact with a health care provider is especially difficult for low-income people, who are less likely to have health insurance. This often results in emergency room visits, which raises overall costs and lessens the continuity of care.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to increase the proportion of people with a usual primary care provider to 83.9%.

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care : Time Series

2002: 69.7 2007: 74.7 2010: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Age

18-44: 63.7 45-64: 82.0 65+: 97.4 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Gender

Female: 77.6 Male: 79.4 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 79.8 Hispanic: 71.9 White: 90.2 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care

Target Not Met
Comparison: Healthy People 2020 Target 

78.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2010

County: Miami-Dade

Healthy People 2020 Target: 83.9 percent
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute

Why is this important?

People who lack a regular source of health care may not receive the proper medical services when they need them. This can lead to missed diagnoses, untreated conditions, and adverse health outcomes. People without a regular source of health care are less likely to get routine checkups and screenings. When they become ill, they generally delay seeking treatment until the condition is more advanced and therefore more difficult and costly to treat. Young children and elderly adults are most likely to have a usual source of care, whereas adults aged 18 to 64 years are the least likely. Maintaining regular contact with a health care provider is especially difficult for low-income people, who are less likely to have health insurance. This often results in emergency room visits, which raises overall costs and lessens the continuity of care.
The Healthy People 2020 national health target is to increase the proportion of people with a usual primary care provider to 83.9%.

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care : Time Series

2002: 69.7 2007: 74.7 2010: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Age

18-44: 63.7 45-64: 82.0 65+: 97.4 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Gender

Female: 77.6 Male: 79.4 Overall: 78.4

percent

Adults with a Usual Source of Health Care by Race/Ethnicity

Black: 79.8 Hispanic: 71.9 White: 90.2 Overall: 78.4

percent

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