Why Is This Important?As each new health care need arises, an individual's first point of contact with the health care system is typically his or her personal doctor. In most cases a personal doctor can effectively and efficiently manage a patient's medical care because they understand that person's medical history and social background. Having a regular source of health care is also an indicator of overall access to care.
At Least One Primary Provider by Age and Sex, Utah, 2016
Data SourceUtah Data: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Office of Public Health Assessment, Utah Department of Health
Risk FactorsIn 2015, males were significantly less likely than females to have a personal doctor or health care provider (69.5% and 80.5%, respectively, age-adjusted rates).
How Are We Doing?In 2016, 72.7% (crude rate) of Utah adults reported having at least one person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider. However, 27.3% of Utahns did not have a personal doctor or health care provider. Lack of a primary care provider was more common among young adults, especially men ages 18 to 34 (only 52.2% reported having a personal doctor) in 2016.
In 2015-2016, the San Juan County Small Area (52.4%) had the lowest age-adjusted rate of people who reported having a primary care provider among all of the Utah Small Areas.
What Is Being Done?The Utah Department of Health has programs such as Medicaid, Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP), and the Primary Care Network (PCN) to pay health care costs for low-income children and adults and those with disabilities.
Healthy People Objective: Increase the proportion of persons with a usual primary care providerU.S. Target: 83.9 percent
Date Indicator Content Last Updated: 11/06/2017