Regular source of care and the minority aged

J Am Geriatr Soc. 1982 Apr;30(4):251-4. doi: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.1982.tb07096.x.


Data from the National Medical Care Expenditure Survey are used to examine the access of elderly minorities to a regular source of medical care. The findings suggest that such elderly persons are about as likely as the white elderly to have a routine point of entry into the medical care system. There are, however, difference in the type of setting at which care is received. Compared with the elderly population of whites, the elderly population of minorities is more likely to have a regular source of care in an institutional setting and less likely to have a regular source of care that provides house calls or emergency services. The absence of a usual source of care may be a contributing factor to the difference in use of health services between the white and the nonwhite elderly populations.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Health Services Accessibility*
  • Health Services for the Aged / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Minority Groups*
  • Primary Health Care*
  • Sampling Studies
  • Time Factors
  • United States
  • Whites*