Access to Primary Care Practitioners is measured by the percentage of Arizonans who report they do not have a primary care practitioner.
The term “primary care practitioner” encompasses a variety of professions, including a family physician, pediatrician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner. On average, people who have access to and regularly consult a primary care practitioner report better health outcomes. A variety of factors may limit a person’s access to these professionals, including the inability to get time off to attend appointments, lack of health insurance coverage, alternative treatment methods related to culture or religion and a shortage of professionals in the community, among others.
Increasing access to primary care practitioners can improve health outcomes by supporting the early detection of disease, managing long-term or chronic conditions and providing preventive care.
Access to Primary Care Practitioners is updated annually and is available for the following localities:
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