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Usual Source of Care


In 2007–2009, 89.1 percent of women reported having a usual source of care, compared to 79.5 percent of men. Women who have a usual source of care (a place they usually go when they are sick, such as a physician’s office or health center) are more likely to receive preventive care,1 experience fewer delays in obtaining care,2 and receive higher quality care.2

Overall, non-Hispanic White women were most likely to report a usual source of care (91.1 percent), while Hispanic women were least likely to do so (79.8 percent). The proportion of women of different races and ethnicities who have a usual source of care varied with health insurance status. Among women with private or public insurance, those reporting a usual source of care generally exceeded 90 percent for all racial and ethnic groups. Women lacking health insurance were least likely to have a usual source of care (57.4 percent), with significant variation by race and ethnicity. Among women without health insurance, non-Hispanic White and non-Hispanic Black women were most likely to report a usual source of care (60.6 percent), while non-Hispanic women of multiple races and non-Hispanic Asian women were least likely to do so (48.2 and 46.9 percent, respectively).

1 DeVoe JE, Fryer GE, Phillips R, Green LA. Receipt of Preventive Care Among Adults: Insurance Status and Usual Source of Care. AJPH. 2003;93(5):786-791.
2 Williams C. From Coverage to Care: Exploring the Links Between Health Insurance, a Usual Source of Care, and Access. The Synthesis Project, Issue 1: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.External Web Site Policy 2002. Accessed 02/18/11.



Women Aged 18 and Older with a Usual Source of Care, by Race/Ethnicity* and Health Insurance Status,** 2007–2009
Race/Ethnicity Percent of Women
Private Insurance Public Insurance No Insurance Total
*The sample of Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders was too small to produce reliable results.
**Respondents could have private or public insurance or both; items are not mutually exclusive. Rates reported are not age-adjusted.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, 2007-2009. Analysis conducted by the Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center.
Non-Hispanic White 94.6 96.2 60.6 91.1
Non-Hispanic Black 94.3 95.6 60.6 88.3
Hispanic 94.3 93.6 52.0 79.8
Non-Hispanic American Indian/Alaska Native 92.7 96.6 57.7 89.7
Non-Hispanic Asian 93.5 96.9 46.9 87.7
Non-Hispanic Multiple Race 89.9 98.6 48.2 84.6

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