Sixty-five million Americans live in what are officially deemed primary care shortage areas1

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides health care coverage to millions more Californians. It is important for the health system and the health professional training programs to think creatively about the way they deliver care to serve all those with coverage.2

Although there is currently no indicator to measure the percent of patients who had difficulty finding a provider, this has been identified as an opportunity for further data development to monitor this priority area of attention.


1. Bodenheimer, T., & Pham, H. (2010, May). Primary Care: Current Problems And Proposed Solutions. Retrieved January 6, 2016, from

2. Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force. (December 2012). Lets Get Healthy California Task Force Final Report. Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force, from:

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