Access to Health Care
United States

Access To Health Care
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Ensuring access to health care providers is an important way to improve public health outcomes. In particular, vital health care services can be prohibitively expensive without health insurance. While the uninsured rate has fallen in recent years, it remains unevenly distributed across the United States. And even when residents do have health insurance coverage, people with limited funds, mobility issues, or lack of transportation options still may not be able to get the care they need.

Health Insurance Coverage in the United States

Health coverage status of U.S. residents, 2017:

Private Insurance

Public Insurance


Health insurance is any program that helps pay for medical expenses. There are two main types of health insurance: private and public. Private insurance is purchased from companies, either directly by individuals or by employers for their employees. Public insurance, which includes Medicare (for seniors) and Medicaid (for low-income Americans), is supplied by the government. People may have more than one type of health insurance, so the percentages here do not add up to 100.

How does the uninsured rate vary by state?

Note: Hover over a state to see the uninsured rate for that area. Use the time-slider beneath the map to see data for other years.

How does the uninsured rate vary by race?

How many U.S. adults needed to see a doctor in the past 12 months, but could not afford to do so?

About the Data

• Health insurance coverage data is from the American Community Survey, 1-year estimates. The percent with private coverage was calculated from Table B27002. The percent with public coverage was calculated from Table B27003. The uninsured rate is from Table S2701. The percentage denominator is the population of noninstitutionalized civilians. This report uses the Census Bureau Data API but is not endorsed or certified by the Census Bureau.

Data about doctor visits is from the CDC's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).