REPORT: 27% Of Hispanics ‘Lack A Usual Health Care Provider’

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"REPORT: 27% Of Hispanics ‘Lack A Usual Health Care Provider’"

Today, the Pew Hispanic Center and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released a new survey which found that 27 percent “of Hispanic adults in the United States lack a usual health care provider.” Some highlights:

- Among “Hispanic adults, the groups least likely to have a usual health care provider are men, the young, the less, educated, and those with no health insurance.”

41 percent: of Latinos say they lack health insurance because “they are seldom sick.”

49 percent: “of Latinos who lived in the United States for less than five years lack a usual health care provider, compared with 21 percent of those who have lived in the United States for 15 years or more.”

42 percent: “of the Latinos who have no health insurance lack a usual health care provider, compared with 19 percent of the insured.”

Comparatively, according to data form the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Hispanics are twice as likely as non-Hispanic blacks and three times as likely as non-Hispanic whites to lack a regular health care provider.”

Lacking access to health care is both risky and costly. As the report notes, “preventive care and regular health monitoring are essential in maintaining good long-term health and limiting the severity of chronic diseases.” Unfortunately, Hispanics without a usual health care provider were much less likely to receive preventive treatment:

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