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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 (OHIP) 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.
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.
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.
The 2018 Ohio Health Issues Poll (OHIP) 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 https://www.interactforhealth.org/about-ohip/.
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.
Interact for Health regularly conducts research and collects data in order to monitor and evaluate our region’s health status and to measure public opinions about health policy.
Our Health in Action stories highlight the innovative work our grantees are doing to help reduce tobacco use, address the opioid epidemic and ensure that children can access health care through school-based health centers. We also interview people working on those issues at other organizations across the country to learn what works for them.
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