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Health Indicator Report of Health care - have a personal doctor, adult

People who lack a regular source of health care may not receive the proper medical services when they need them. This can lead to missed diagnoses, untreated conditions, and adverse health outcomes. People without a regular source of health care are less likely to get routine checkups and screenings. When they become ill, they generally delay seeking treatment until the condition is more advanced and therefore more difficult and costly to treat. Young children and elderly adults are more likely to have a usual source of care compared to adults aged 18 to 64 years. Maintaining regular contact with a health care provider is especially difficult for persons with low-income, who are less likely to have health insurance. This often results in emergency room visits, which raises overall costs and lessens the continuity of care.


The percentages reported above have been produced by weighting the sample so that the results better represent the Hawaii population. Numerator and denominator data have been rounded to the nearest 100. In cases where the numerator is 49 or less, it is displayed as 50. Statistical Stability -- Relative standard error, or RSE, is the standard error expressed as a proportion of the point estimate. Stable is displayed when the RSE is below 0.30. Unstable is displayed when the RSE is 0.30-0.50. An unstable count or rate may fluctuate widely across time periods due to random variation (chance). Very unstable is displayed when the RSE is greater than 0.50. A very unstable count or rate should not be used to inform decision making. Problems with statistical instability typically occur when there is a small number of health events in a small population. You may combine years or otherwise increase the population size used in the query to achieve a more stable count or rate. Suppression of Estimates -- According to CDC BRFSS guidelines, a minimum of 50 respondents must answer the question in order for it to be reported. Where the number of respondents is below 30, or the RSE is greater than 0.30, ** will appear in the table.

Data Source

Citation: Hawaii State Department of Health, Hawaii Health Data Warehouse, Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, "[Chart Title, years]". Hawaii-IBIS [URL]. Published on [insert date]. Accessed on [Insert date].

Data Interpretation Issues

The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods. Both cell phones and land lines are included. Excluded are adults living in group quarters with a central phone system such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. Results have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, race, education, marital status, home ownership, telephone source (landline versus cell phone), and county of residence.


Percent of adults who report having one or more persons they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.


Number of adults say they have one or more person they think of as their personal doctor or health care provider.


Number of adults for whom having a personal doctor or health care provider can be calculated (excludes unknowns and refusals).
Page Content Updated On 09/15/2020, Published on 08/06/2021
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Content updated: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 16:49:40 HST