Reduce the proportion of people who can't get medical care when they need it — AHS‑04 Data Methodology and Measurement

About the National Data


Baseline: 8.5 percent of persons were unable to obtain or delayed in obtaining necessary medical care due to cost in 2019

Target: 5.9 percent

Number of persons who report not being able to obtain or having delay in obtaining needed medical care due to cost.
Number of persons.
Target-setting method
Percentage point improvement
Target-setting method details
Percentage point improvement from the baseline using Cohen's h effect size of 0.10.
Target-setting method justification
Trend data were not available for this objective. A percentage point improvement was calculated using Cohen's h effect size of 0.1. The Healthy People 2030 Workgroup Subject Matter Experts viewed this as an ambitious yet achievable target.


Comparable HP2020 objective
Related, which includes objectives that have the same or a similar intent to either a measurable or developmental/archived objective in HP2020.
Revision History

In 2022, the data source was changed from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to the National Health Interview Survey. The baseline was revised from 4.1% in 2017 to 8.5% in 2019. The target setting method was changed from projection to percentage point improvement and the target was revised from 3.3% to 5.9%.