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