Access to Health Services
What’s the story?
Access to health services is about a lot more than just lack of health insurance. Understanding the public health care system and having a primary care provider are key components of the access to health services story. Increasing the proportion of adults with a health care provider is essential to improving health care outcomes.
By the Numbers
Currently, it is estimated that 84% of New Jersey adults have a personal doctor or health care provider. Having a primary care provider varies among racial/ethnic groups in New Jersey with Hispanics (65%) having considerably lower access compared to Whites (89%), Asians (84%) and Blacks (82%).
The New Jersey Department of Health Division of Family Health Services administers programs to improve access to care such as New Jersey's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). FQHCs offer a wide range of health care services for the entire family. Centers serve the uninsured and underinsured, as well as patients with Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance. Each year, more than 300,000 patients make more than a million visits to the centers.
New Jersey FamilyCare, a program of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, offers affordable health coverage for children and certain low-income parents. NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey's uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to have affordable health coverage.
Did you know?
The percent of New Jersey children ages 0 to18 at or below 200% of the federal poverty level that did not have health coverage was 14% in 2011, showing a marked improvement since 2006 (22.5%).
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* Rate per 100,000 population
† Only one year of data currently available