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Numerator

Number of persons who report that they have a usual primary care provider

Denominator

Number of persons

Methodology

Persons were considered to have a usual primary care provider if they responded “yes” to all four of the questions above.

From the 2007 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey:

[NUMERATOR:]

Is there a particular doctor's office, health center, or other place that [PERSON] usually goes if [PERSON] is sick or needs advice about [PERSON's] health?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Is [PROVIDER] the {person/place} they would go for new health problems?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Is [PROVIDER] the {person/place} they would go for preventive health care, such as general check-ups, examinations, and immunizations?

  1. Yes
  2. No

Is [PROVIDER] the {person/place} they would go for referrals to other health professionals when needed?

  1. Yes
  2. No