Many Americans need access to specialty care. This measure examines the extent to which those who need such care can receive it.
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Percentage of People Who Reported Difficulty Seeing a Specialist
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.
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.