Difficulties Faced Accessing U.S. Health Care

The share of agricultural workers that reported that it was difficult to access needed U.S. health care decreased by 15 percentage points between 1999-2000 and 2007-2008, from 50 percent to 35 percent, with almost two-thirds reporting in 2007-2008 that it was "easy" to get health care. Over the 15-year period from 1999-2000 to 2013-2014, agricultural workers consistently reported that cost was a main difficulty that they faced when they needed to access U.S. health care (cited by nearly 90 percent of workers in every time period since 2007-2008). Language used to be much more of a barrier to accessing U.S. health care than it has been more recently, cited by 35 percent of agricultural workers in 1999-2000 and only seven percent in 2013-2014.
Table 10

Overall level of difficulty getting needed health care

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Bar Chart — Overall level of difficulty getting needed health care

Data Table — Overall level of difficulty getting needed health care1

Category 99-00 01-02 03-04 05-06 07-08
# % # % # % # % # %
Do not know4579%1483%1192%1657%933%

1 Question was part of a NIOSH-sponsored supplement on occupational health and was asked in 1999 through 2008.

2 The questionnaire was changed to include the "I'm undocumented (that's why they don't treat me well)" response category in 2001; it was not offered in1999 or 2000. A dash (“-“) indicates that the response category was not offered during the corresponding time period.

a Estimates with relative standard errors (RSEs) greater than 30 percent but no more than 50 percent are published but should be used with caution.

b Estimates based on fewer than four responses or with RSEs greater than 50 percent are considered statistically unreliable and are suppressed.

Trend Lines — Overall level of difficulty getting needed health care