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AHRQ Stats: Financial Barriers to Care Among Racial/Ethnic Groups

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The percentage of Hispanic people who reported being without a usual source of care in 2018 due to financial or insurance reasons was nearly double that for Black populations and more than double that for White populations.

The AHRQ Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) describes usual source of care as the particular medical professional, doctor’s office, clinic, health center, or other place where a person would usually go if sick or in need of advice about his or her health. According to Healthy People 2020, patients with a usual source of care are more likely to receive recommended preventive services such as flu shots, blood pressure screenings, and cancer screenings.

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AHRQ, 2021 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, D-37

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