State Health Compare finds CT access to care is good but costly

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Connecticut residents have very good access to healthcare, but care is unaffordable for too many.

93% of CT residents have a usual source of care

According to updated health metrics, in 2020-2021, Connecticut ranked third best among states in the percent of residents with a usual source of care. Having a usual source of care is associated with better healthcare access, quality, lower costs, and reduced health disparities. Connecticut is eighth best in the nation in accessing health care, as 86.4% of us had a doctor visit from 2020 to 2021. In 2021, Connecticut ranked fourth lowest with just 10.5% of state residents in poor or fair health.

But 17% of CT families must pay over ten percent of income on healthcare

Unfortunately, we were 15th among states in high medical cost burden in 2021.  Connecticut is right at the US average with 11.6% of residents who had trouble paying medical bills in 2020/2021. One in ten Connecticut residents had to delay filling a prescription, lowered or skipped a dose due to cost in 2020/2021.

This new health data is from State Health Compare, a project of the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC), is a remarkable resource.