Having an ongoing relationship with a doctor or health care provider increases the likelihood of receiving recommended preventive services and ongoing care to manage chronic health problems. However, affordability of health care is a problem for many men and often is a leading reason for postponing or forgoing health care. More than a quarter (28.0%) of men in the U.S. did not have a regular health care provider between 2006 and 2008. On average, 38.7% of minority men did not have a regular provider, ranging from a low of 19.3% in Hawaii to a high of 55.8% in Idaho. Compared to all other racial and ethnic groups, Hispanic (49%) and American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) (38%) men had the highest rates of no personal doctor.
These are some of the findings highlighted in a new report by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Putting Men’s Health Care Disparities On the Map. This report uses national data sources to generate state-level estimates on a range of indicators of the health status, access to care, and well-being of men of different racial and ethnic backgrounds (white, black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native) in the United States.
Read more from the report, Putting Men’s Health Care Disparities On the Map.