A person's level of education, income and the cost of medical treatment play a role in how people gain access to health care, according to the results of the Department of Health's latest statewide survey.
The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey queried more than 16,000 Pennsylvanians about their health care, physical activity and nutrition, asthma, smoking, health screenings and other factors.
"The survey can tell us a lot about trends in the health of our citizens," said Health Secretary Dr. Calvin B. Johnson. "For instance, we can evaluate who is not receiving recommended health screenings or needed care due to their lack of insurance or their inability to afford it. This type of information supports the need for health care reform, including Governor Rendell's 'Cover All Pennsylvanians' initiative to make affordable basic health insurance available to everyone in the state."
Significant findings of the 2006 survey include: