December 8, 2015, #497
AHRQ Stats: Access to Medical Specialists
Among adults treated for multiple chronic conditions who reported they needed to see a specialist in 2012, Hispanics were more likely than non-Hispanic blacks or whites to report difficulty in gaining access to specialists. (Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Statistical Brief #482,Specialist Need and Access Among Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions, U.S. Civilian Noninstitutionalized Population, 2012.)
STATISTICAL BRIEF #482:
|Anita Soni, PhD, MBA|
- In 2012, approximately 60 percent of the U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized adult population who had multiple chronic conditions (see definitions) reported they or a doctor thought they needed to see a specialist in the past 12 months.
- Among adults with two or more chronic conditions, younger adults were less likely to report that they or a doctor thought that they needed to see a specialist compared to the elderly.
- Among adults with multiple chronic conditions who reported they needed to see a specialist, Hispanics were more likely to report less access to specialists than non-Hispanic blacks or non-Hispanic whites.
- Among nonelderly adults with multiple chronic conditions who reported they needed to see a specialist, uninsured persons reported less access to a specialist than adults with only public insurance or adults with private insurance coverage.
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