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Majority of Ohio Adults Have Had Checkup in Past Year

Nov 1, 2018

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CINCINNATI. Nov. 1, 2018.  When it comes to health, it’s important for patients to get the right care at the right time. This is true for both preventive health exams and treatment for illnesses or chronic conditions.

The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll looked at several issues related to access to health care, including checkups, delayed care and overall health status. It found that about 8 in 10 Ohio adults (81%) reported that they had a checkup in the past year, with an additional 15% of Ohio adults reporting that they’d had a checkup during the past two years. Only 3% of survey respondents indicated that it had been more than five years since their last health exam.

Many Ohio adults delayed care due to cost

When looking at all health care, not just preventive, the survey found that about 2 in 10 Ohio adults (18%) reported that they had delayed getting needed medical care at some time in the past year. Of those who delayed care, reasons identified are reflected in this graph. 

Majority of Ohio adults in good health

Lastly, OHIP asked respondents to rate their overall health as excellent, very good, good, fair or poor. About 4 in 10 Ohio adults (44%) said they are in excellent or very good health; while 2 in 10 (24%) reported being in fair or poor health. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System show that in the U.S., 53% of adults rate their health as excellent or very good and 17% rate it as fair or poor.

About the Ohio Health Issues Poll

The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll is sponsored by Interact for Health. OHIP was conducted May 22-June 19, 2018, by the Institute for Policy Research at the University of Cincinnati. A random sample of 816 adults from throughout Ohio was interviewed by telephone. This included 363 landline telephone interviews and 452 cell phone interviews. In 95 out of 100 cases, statewide estimates will be accurate to ± 3.4%. There are other sources of variation inherent in public opinion studies, such as non-response, question wording, or context effects that can introduce error or bias. For more information about the Ohio Health Issues Poll, please visit

About Interact for Health

Interact for Health is improving the health of all people in our region. We serve as a catalyst by promoting health equity through grants, education, research, policy and engagement. To amplify the impact of our work, Interact for Health focuses on three strategic priorities: reducing tobacco use, addressing the opioid epidemic and ensuring that children have access to health care through school-based health centers. We are an independent foundation that serves 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

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