Access to medical and dental care helps a person to live a healthy life and prevents more costly medical conditions from developing. Yet gaps in access to affordable care can limit opportunities for health and well-being for some Rhode Islanders.
To assess Rhode Island's progress towards advancing health equity, as part of the Rhode Island Health Equity Measures.
|Measure||Percentage of adults who reported not seeking medical care due to cost, and percentage of adults who reported not seeking dental care due to cost|
|Data Source||Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (public data, available annually, dental care access asked in even years)|
|Strata||Race/ethnicity, Income, Education, Disability status|
|What this measure means||This measure is based on two questions in the RI Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey that ask respondents, "Was there a time in the past 12 months when you needed to see a doctor but could not because of cost?" and, "During the past 12 months, was there any time when you needed dental care (including check-ups), but didn't get it because you couldn't afford it?" Data are reported as the weighted proportion of respondents from Rhode Island who answered "yes" to each survey question.|
Data Source: Rhode Island Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - Annual