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Indicator Report - Cost as a Barrier to Health Care

Why Is This Important?

Access to health care is still a problem for many Utahns. Individuals who cannot obtain needed health care tend to have higher rates of death and disability from chronic disease. Cost is the most commonly reported barrier to getting needed health care.

Adults Reporting Cost as a Barrier to Care in Past Year by Race, Utah, 2010-2012

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Data Notes

Age-adjusted to U.S. 2000 standard population based on 3 age groups: 18-34, 35-49, and 50+.

The 2010-2012 BRFSS data in this graph include both landline and cell phone respondent interviews along with a new weighting methodology called iterative proportional fitting, or raking. This methodology utilizes additional demographic information (such as education, race, and marital status) in the weighting procedure. Both of these methodology changes were implemented to account for an increased number of U.S. households without landline phones and an under-representation of certain demographic groups that were not well-represented in the sample. This graph is based on the new methodology. More details about these changes can be found at:

Data Sources

Utah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health.

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Percentage of adults aged 18 years and older who reported they were unable to receive needed health care in the past year due to cost.

How We Calculated the Rates

Numerator: Number of survey respondents who reported they were unable to receive needed health care in the past year due to cost.
Denominator: Total number of survey respondents excluding those with missing, "Don't know/Not sure" and "Refused" answers.

Page Content Updated On 05/12/2014, Published on 08/13/2014
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Content updated: Wed, 13 Aug 2014 13:57:13 MDT