Individuals who have health insurance and a usual source of care are more likely to seek routine health care and take advantage of preventative health screening services than those without such coverage. The result is a healthier population and more cost-effective health care. Delaying or not receiving needed medical care may result in more serious illness, increased complications, and longer hospital stays. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), more people will have access to health care; however, a regional shortage of doctors, particularly primary care physicians, may restrict timely access to care.
Note: Asian includes Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander. All races are non-Latino. Educational attainment data is for the population age 25 and over.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 1-Year Estimates (factfinder2.census.gov)
Source: County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (www.countyhealthrankings.org)
Source: California Health Interview Survey