Having a usual source of care—a particular person or place a young adult goes to for sick and preventive care—facilitates the appropriate use of health services and is associated with better health. 46, 47 Young adults with a usual source of care also are more likely to receive preventive services.47, 48 Although young adults are generally healthy, some may have medical conditions or injuries requiring health care, and all have a need for recommended preventive and reproductive health services.49, 50, 51
NOTE: A small number of young adults were covered by both Medicaid or other public health insurance and private insurance and are only included in the private insurance coverage group. Hospital emergency rooms are excluded as a usual source of care.
SOURCE: National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey.
46 Bloom, B., Simpson, G., Cohen, R.A., and Parsons, P.E. (1997). Access to health care. Part 2: Working-age adults. National Vital Statistics Reports 10, 197, Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics.
47 Starfield, B., and Shi, L. (2004). The medical home, access to care, and insurance: A review of evidence. Pediatrics, 113(S4), 1493–1498.
48 Ettner, S.L. (1996). The timing of preventive services for women and children: the effect of having a usual source of care. American Journal of Public Health, 86(12), 1748–54.
49 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2000). Oral health in America: A report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from http://profiles.nlm.nih.gov/ps/access/NNBBJT.pdf.
51 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. (2012). Screening for cervical cancer: Recommendations and rationale. Retrieved from http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/uspstf/uspscerv.htm.