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Table 1 Percentages of overall US adult population and VHA users, by eligibility for purchased care based on distance to VHA facilities, and characteristics of county of residence

From: “Availability of healthcare providers for rural veterans eligible for purchased care under the veterans choice act”

County Characteristic % US Adult Population % VHA users
Overall
N = 5,511,483
<  40 Miles
N = 5,095,145
> 40 Miles
N = 416,338
Rurality
 Rural - Remote 2.2 3.5 2.1 20.5
 Rural - Micropolitan 2.8 3.9 3.2 12.2
 Rural - Metro Adjacent 10.0 13.8 11.2 45.1
 Metropolitan 85.0 78.8 83.5 22.1
Median Household Income
 $0–29,999 0.4 0.6 0.3 3.6
 $30,000–39,999 10.2 14.0 12.1 36.9
 $40,000–49,999 31.6 38.9 38.9 39.4
 $50,000–59,999 31.5 28.6 29.6 15.9
 $ > 60,000 26.3 17.9 19.1 4.2
Health Statusa
 Very Poor 8.4 11.5 10.2 28.4
 Poor 15.9 21.4 21.0 26.1
 Good 29.0 31.7 32.3 24.5
 Very Good 46.6 35.4 36.5 21.0
Health Professional Availability
 Primary Care Shortage Area 4.0 5.0 4.2 15.8
 Mental Health Care Shortage Area 20.2 25.2 21.6 70.2
County without:
 Psychiatrist 10.2 13.6 10.1 56.3
 Cardiologist 12.2 16.7 12.7 65.7
 Pulmonologist 15.7 21.2 16.7 76.5
 Neurologist 14.6 19.4 15.2 71.1
 PM&Rb Specialist 18.1 24.6 20.1 78.8
 Community Health Center 15.1 18.2 15.8 47.0
 Community Mental Health Center 57.0 62.3 59.8 93.0
  1. aAge-adjusted years of potential life lost per 100,000 persons
  2. bPM&R: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation