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G3O4. Increase the use of primary care physicians

Increase the percentage of individuals with a primary care physician

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Story Behind the Curve

Dedicated Health Care Provider

U.S. Value: 77.6%

Healthiest State: New Hampshire: 87.9%

Least-healthy State: Alaska: 65.6%

Definition: Percentage of adults who reported having a personal doctor or health care provider

Data Source & Year(s): CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2020

Suggested Citation: America's Health Rankings analysis of CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United Health Foundation, AmericasHealthRankings.org, accessed 2022.

WHY DOES THIS MATTER?

Individuals with a dedicated health care provider are better positioned to receive care that can prevent, detect and manage disease and other health conditions. Having a regular health care provider helps the patient and provider build a stable, long-term relationship that is associated with a number of benefits, including:

  • Appropriate preventive care.
  • Lower health care costs.
  • Better overall health status.
  • Fewer emergency room visits for non-urgent or avoidable problems.
  • Improvements in chronic care management for asthma, hypertension and diabetes.

WHO IS AFFECTED?

Populations of adults with a higher percentage of a dedicated healthcare provider include: 

  • Adults ages 65 and older compared with adults ages 18-44.
  • Females compared with males 
  • White adults compared with all other racial/ethnic groups.
  • College graduates ages 25 and older than those with lower levels of education; the percentage is significantly higher with each increase in education level.
  • Adults ages 25 and older with an annual household income of $75,000 or more than those with lower levels of income; the percentage is significantly higher with each increase in income level.

 

GOALS

Increasing the proportion of individuals with a usual primary care provider is a Healthy People 2030 leading health indicator.

https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/dedicated_health_care_provider/state/IN

What Works

Public Health Impact: Dedicated Health Care Provider

Dedicated Health Care Provider

U.S. Value: 77.6%

Healthiest State: New Hampshire: 87.9%

Least-healthy State: Alaska: 65.6%

Definition: Percentage of adults who reported having a personal doctor or health care provider

Data Source & Year(s): CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 2020

Suggested Citation: America's Health Rankings analysis of CDC, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, United Health Foundation, AmericasHealthRankings.org, accessed 2022.

 

WHAT WORKS?

Strategies for increasing the percentage of adults with a dedicated health care provider include:

  • Increasing primary care capacity by empowering licensed personnel, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants, to provide more care and increase the capacity of the primary care system.
  • Enacting scope-of-practice laws that enable nurse practitioners to perform more primary care functions. Scope-of-practice laws lead to increases in the number of nurse practitioners per capita and higher yearly growth of the nurse practitioner workforce. 
  • Reorienting health care systems to encourage patients to use primary care for new symptoms instead of seeking specialists with low-impact and high-cost procedures which will also encourage capital investment in primary care.  

 

https://www.americashealthrankings.org/explore/annual/measure/dedicated_health_care_provider/state/IN

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PoE

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