1. Access to Health Services

  2. What’s the story?

    Access to health services is about a lot more than just lack of health insurance.  Understanding the public health care system and having a primary care provider are key components of the access to health services story.  Increasing the proportion of adults with a health care provider is essential to improving health care outcomes.

  3. By the Numbers

    Currently, it is estimated that 87.5% of New Jersey adults have a personal doctor or health care provider.  Having a primary care provider varies among racial/ethnic groups in New Jersey with Hispanics (75%) having considerably lower access compared to Blacks (90%), Asians (91%), Whites (93%).

  4. Our Strategy

    The New Jersey Department of Health Division of Family Health Services administers programs, such as New Jersey's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), to improve access to care. FQHCs offer a wide range of health care services for the entire family. Centers serve the uninsured and underinsured, as well as patients with Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance. Each year, more than 500,000 patients make more than 1.5 million visits to the centers.

    New Jersey FamilyCare, a program of the New Jersey Department of Human Services, offers affordable health coverage for children and certain low-income parents.  NJ FamilyCare is a federal and state funded health insurance program created to help New Jersey's uninsured children and certain low-income parents and guardians to have affordable health coverage.

  5. Did you know?

    The proportion of New Jersey children (ages 0 to 18) at or below 200% of the federal poverty level who did not have health coverage was 18% in 2016, showing a marked improvement since 2006 (22.5%).

  6. To Learn More

    For more information, please refer to these resources:


Progress Toward Goal


Progress Toward Goal

* Rate per 100,000 population

Only one year of data currently available

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Last Reviewed: 5/14/2018