The percentage of adults in a region who do not have a personal doctor or health care provider.
Having a doctor allows people to access preventative medical care and regular treatment, leading to a higher quality of life and lower long-term health costs.
In 2017, 11% of Erie County residents had no primary care physician. This was a lower share than the state rate in 2016 (14%), the most recent year for which state-level data were available. In 2015, Erie's rate (14%) was similar to the state (13%), and much lower than the U.S. (21%).
The share of people without a primary care physician in Erie County rose from 9% in 2011 to 14% in 2015 before declining to 11% in 2017. Data for 2016 are unavailable. The state rate fluctuated from a low of 11% in 2011 to a peak of 15% in 2014.
In 2015, Erie's share of people without a primary care physician was higher than Luzerne County, PA (11%). Like Erie, Luzerne's rate fluctuated between 2011 and 2015.
State- and county-level data are from state health departments. All Erie County data from after 2015 are from the Erie County Department of Health. The data come from a survey designed to collect scientific data on health risks and behaviors.
Beginning in 2011, the Centers for Disease Control made two changes to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System on which this indicator is based. The survey now includes cell-phone users, and a new statistical method is used to weight responses. Therefore, data prior to 2011 is not displayed.
|Erie County, PA||9%||12%||13%||13%||14%||11%|
|Luzerne County, PA||9%||11%||12%||11%||10%|
|INDICATORS||TREND | ERIE COUNTY|
|Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments||Maintaining|
|Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees||Increasing|
|Drug Abuse Arrests||Maintaining|
|Voter Participation Rate||Increasing|
|Population by Age||Not Applicable|
|Population by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Change in Total Population||Decreasing|
|Foreign Born Population||Increasing|
|Household Types||Not Applicable|
|Average Household Size||Maintaining|
|Median Household Income||Maintaining|
|Change in Average Salary||Decreasing|
|Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Change in Employment by Sector||Not Applicable|
|People Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Children Living in Poverty||Increasing|
|Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|People Living in Poverty by Education Level||Not Applicable|
|Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Housing Affordability for Homeowners||Maintaining|
|Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading||Increasing|
|Student Performance in Grade 3 Math||Increasing|
|High School Cohort Graduation Rate||Maintaining|
|Per Student Spending||Maintaining|
|Education Level of Adults||Not Applicable|
|Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity||Not Applicable|
|Recycling Tons Per Capita||Maintaining|
|Solid Waste Per Capita||Maintaining|
|Vehicles by Fuel Type||Not Applicable|
|Death from Heart Disease||Decreasing|
|Death from Cancer||Decreasing|
|Death from Stroke||Decreasing|
|Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease||Increasing|
|People Without Healthcare Coverage||Decreasing|
|People Without a Primary Care Physician||Increasing|
|People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare||Decreasing|
|Adults Who are Overweight or Obese||Increasing|
|Children Who are Overweight or Obese||Increasing|
|Teens Who are Overweight or Obese||Increasing|
|Physically Inactive Adults||Decreasing|
|Low Birth Weight Babies||Increasing|
|Live Births to Teen Mothers||Decreasing|
|Non Smoking During Pregnancy||Increasing|
|Early Prenatal Care||Increasing|