Type of usual source of care and access to care

Leiyu Shi, Xiaoyu Nie, Tze Fang Wang

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The goal of the study was to evaluate the association between types of usual source of care (USC) and access to care for people of different race/ethnicity and insurance coverage. Individuals reporting a doctor's office or health maintenance organization as a USC achieved the highest level of access. Individuals reporting a hospital emergency department as a USC were more likely to have access barriers and unmet needs. The independent effects of race/ethnicity were no longer significant after controlling for the type of USC and other factors. Insurance was a significant moderating factor on access to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)209-221
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Ambulatory Care Management
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013


  • Access to care
  • Health insurance
  • Racial/ethnic disparities
  • Usual source of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy


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