One-Fifth of the U.S. Population Has No Doctor or Other Usual Source of Medical Care

Roughly 60 million people—1 in 5 Americans—have no usual source of medical care, such as a family doctor or clinic, according to the latest News and Numbers from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

The report noted that some 29 percent of people with no health insurance cited high cost as their main reason for not having a usual source of care, compared to 16 percent of people with public insurance and 4 percent of those with private health insurance.

NRHA’s Expanding Primary Care in Rural America workgroup is working to understand these realities in rural America and offer solutions to solve this serious problem…access to care.

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About Brock Slabach

Brock joined the NRHA in 2008. He has administrative responsibility for all areas of member services, including membership, communications and meetings/exhibitions. He also coordinates the Healthcare Quality Technical Assistance center. He is a hospital administrator with more than 21 years in a rural hospital. He has been on the Board of the National Rural Health Association, the Regional Policy Board of the American Hospital Association (and served on many regional and state boards involving rural health.) Brock earned a master of public health degree in health administration from the University of Oklahoma and a B.S. degree in biology from Oklahoma Baptist University. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.