What does this indicator measure?

The measure represents the population per one primary care physician in the community (includes practicing physicians specializing in general practice medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics/gynecology).

Why is this indicator important?

Adequate access to health care requires not only having insurance coverage but also access to providers. Having sufficient numbers of primary care physicians in a community is essential so that people can get preventive and primary care, and when needed, referrals to appropriate specialty care.

About the data

Community: Switzerland County

Reference: Indiana

Goal: County Health Rankings (90th percentile)

Measurement Period: 2010

Category: Access to Healthcare Services and Public Health Capacity

Community Source: Indiana State Department of Health, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health; Health Resources and Services Administration Area Resource File

Reference Source: Indiana State Department of Health, Office of Primary Care and Rural Health; Health Resources and Services Administration Area Resource File