CDC Report Examines Racial Disparities in Healthcare Access in 2014

Although Hispanic adults were more likely to have a consistent place of care in 2014 compared with 2013, they were still more likely to experience difficulty in accessing and utilizing care than the non-Hispanic population.

Hispanic adults between the ages 18 and 64 were more likely to have a consistent place of care, have seen or talked to a healthcare professional within the last year, and were less likely to have not obtained care due to cost in 2014 compared with 2013, according to new data released by the National Health Interview Survey.

However, Hispanic adults were more likely to experience difficulty in accessing and utilizing care than the non-Hispanic population.

“Poorer health care access and utilization can lead to poorer health outcomes and higher disease prevalence, which have sometimes been observed for Hispanic adults relative to non-Hispanic white adults,” the authors of the data brief wrote.

While the survey found that the percentage of uninsured individuals in 2014 decreased in 2014 for all racial groups, non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic Asian adults did not demonstrate significant change when it came to having a usual place of care and seeing a healthcare professional within the past 12 months.