The Pew Hispanic Center announced on August 13, 2008 results from a bilingual telephone survey conducted along with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A nationally representative sample of 4,013 Hispanic adults living in the U.S. was surveyed in July, August and September, 2007. Key findings from the study follow.
Usual Source of Care:
- More than one-fourth (25%) of Hispanic/Latino adults in the U.S. did not have a usual provider.
- Lack of a usual provider was more likely to occur in Hispanics in the U.S. who are:
- Less educated
- Those with no health insurance
- Foreign-born and less-assimilated (Those who mainly speak Spanish and don’t have U.S. citizenship).
- However, more than one-half of Hispanics who had no usual source of care were high school graduates, 30% were born in the U.S., and 45% had health insurance.
- The primary reason given for not having a usual source of care was not the cost of care, nor issues related to being less assimilated. Instead, 41% of survey respondents gave as the main reason that they are seldom sick.
- Among Hispanics who received health care in the past year, 77% rated that care good or excellent. However, of those who had received health care in the past 5 years, almost 1 person in 4 reported that the quality of their care was poor. The main reasons they believed their care was poor were related to:
Financial limitations 31% Race or ethnicity 29% The way they spoke English or their accent 23%
Sources of Health Information
This national survey not only explored access to care, but also health information and knowledge, about diabetes. Key findings were:
- 71% (about 7 in 10) Hispanic adults reported receiving health information from a doctor in the past year, and an equal number reported getting health information from their social networks, such as family, friends, church groups and community groups.
- 83% of Hispanics (more than 8 out of 10) reported that they get their information from the media, with television being the leading source, followed by radio.
- Many Hispanics (79%) said they were acting on the media information they receive.
While this study did not assess the accuracy and usefulness of the information received from non-medical sources, the findings show the power and potential of non-provider sources of health information for Hispanics.