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Report Details How Accessible Healthcare is in Shasta County

Published November 6, 2018
  • HHSA

A main component to the health of a community is access to healthcare. A new report is looking at that issue in Shasta County.

Did you know that the percent of Shasta County residents with no health insurance dropped from 16.5 percent before the individual mandate for health insurance went into effect to 5.2 oercent in 2016? Yet, despite that, low income residents are still more likely to be uninsured.

We believe that Shasta County residents' level of access to healthcare can be improved by knowing more about the challenges that are making that access to care difficult. Using the information in the report, Shasta HHSA aims to create targeted programs and services

Here are other key numbers from the report:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 residents (18.2%) had their insurance declined by a specialist in the past year.
  • Shasta County has fewer primary care, mental health providers, and dentists than California on a per capita basis.
  • Shasta County residents are more likely than California residents as a whole to have a usual source of care, which is important to establishing a “medical home”. 
  • More than 1 in 6 (15.1%) Shasta County residents had to delay or skip medical care they needed in the past year, mainly due to cost, lack of insurance, or other insurance related reasons.
  • More than 1 in 10  (11.8%) Shasta county residents had to delay or skip filling prescription medication in the past year.
  • Significantly fewer Shasta County expectant mothers (71.5%) began prenatal care for their baby in the first trimester compared to California (83.4%).

Together we can engage individuals, families and communities to protect and improve health and wellbeing.

Read the full report here.


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