DefinitionThe percentage of New Mexicans with and without a primary medical provider.
NumeratorNumber of persons in the survey sample who responded, "no" to the question: "Do you have one or more persons you think of as your personal doctor or health care provider?".
DenominatorTotal number of persons in the survey sample who responded to the question.
Data Interpretation IssuesData for this indicator are from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), an ongoing survey of adults regarding their health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services. Data are collected in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The survey is conducted using scientific telephone survey methods for landline and cellular phones (landline only from 1986 through 2010; landline and cellular since 2011). The landline phone portion of the survey excludes adults living in group quarters such as college dormitories, nursing homes, military barracks, and prisons. The cellular phone portion of the survey includes adult students living in college dormitories but excludes other group quarters.
Beginning with 2011, the BRFSS updated its surveillance methods by adding in calls to cell phones and changing its weighting methods. These changes improve BRFSS' ability to take into account the increasing proportion of U.S. adults using only cellular telephones as well as to adjust survey data to improve the representativeness of the estimates generated from the survey. Results have been adjusted for the probability of selection of the respondent, and have been weighted to the adult population by age, gender, phone type, detailed race/ethnicity, renter/owner, education, marital status, and geographic area. Lastly and importantly, these changes mean that the data from years prior to 2011 are not directly comparable to data from 2011 and beyond.
Why Is This Important?People who do not have a primary medical care provider may not get the timely health care that they need to prevent illnesses and may also suffer unnecessarily from avoidable complications from those illnesses.