Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist

Many Americans need access to specialty care. This measure examines the extent to which those who need such care can receive it.

Data Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)

Metrics Calculation

This measure is the percentage of people who reported difficulty seeing a specialist among those who self-report needing specialty care in the prior 12 months. The numerator of the ratio is the number of people for whom it was never or only sometimes easy to see a specialist (2008 and onward) or a big problem or a small problem to see a specialist (2000-2007). The denominator is the number of people who self-report needing specialty care in the prior 12 months.

Additional Information

Measure Methodology Change: From 2000-2007, the numerator is those who reported a big problem or a small problem to see a specialist. In 2008 and onward, the numerator of the measure is the number of people who reported it was never or only sometimes easy to see a specialist (2008-).

 

Inclusion Criteria: This measure includes people in the civilian non-institutionalized population who thought they needed to see, or whose doctor thought they needed to see a specialist. The Self Administered Questionnaire was administered to those 18 years and older.

Exclusion Criteria: Excluded from this measure are people in the military and the institutionalized population. Also excluded are people who did not think they needed to see a specialist, and whose doctor did not think they needed to see a specialist in the past 12 months. Those aged 0-17 are excluded.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Coverage Overview

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist among those with Medicaid

Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Medicaid Coverage

2 Medicaid Coverage

Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist among those with Medicare

Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Medicare Coverage

2 Medicare Coverage

Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist among those with Private Coverage

Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Private Coverage

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Ethnicity

[ Percentage of people who reported difficulty seeing a specialist (among those who self-report needing specialty care in the prior 12 months) by Ethnicity

For more information on how ethnicity was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Race

] Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Race

For more information on how race was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Age Group

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Age Group

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Disability Status

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Disability Status

Individuals were identified as having a disability if any of the following conditions existed: One or more Activities of Daily Living impairments, blindness, or deafness.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Education Level

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Education Level

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Income Level

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Income Level

Poverty is defined by Census Bureau poverty thresholds. For more information on the definition of poverty, please see the Glossary.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Metropolitan Status

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Metropolitan Status

For more information on how metropolitan status was defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Number of Chronic Conditions

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Number of Chronic Conditions

For more information on how chronic conditions were defined, please see the the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Region

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Region

For more information on how regions are defined, please see the Glossary under Help.

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Self Reported Health Status

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Self Reported Health Status

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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist by Sex

Measure 2 : Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist | Sex