County Rank: 36 of 59
Montrose County fares well in some statistical indicators of county health and poorly in others. It is highest ranked for its clinical care and physical environment, and lowest ranked for its social and economic factors.
Health in Montrose County is slightly below average compared to the rest of the state. While the low rate of binge drinking and high rate of exercise are comparatively good, the proportion of the population that is overweight or obese is significantly above average. Overall, residents have slightly shorter life expectancies and more are in fair or poor health.
|Health Issues:||Montrose County / HSR 10*
|% in fair or poor health (2013)||16.0%||13.1%|
|% overweight or obese (2012)||66.0%||55.8%|
|% do not exercise (2012)||14.3%||16.7%|
|% who smoke (2012)||17.2%||17.8%|
|% who binge drink (2012)||11.6%||19.6%|
|Life Expectancy – Men (2010)||76.0 years||77.6 years|
|Life Expectancy – Women (2010)||81.0 years||81.7 years|
*HSR stands for Health Statistics Region. HSRs are regional aggregations of counties that allow for adequate sample sizes.
A person’s health is affected by their ability to get health insurance and to access health care services. Despite a higher percentage of the population being uninsured compared to the state average, the needs of most Montrose County residents are met by the health care system. The barriers to care some residents face are primarily cost-related.
|Coverage & Access Issues:||Montrose County / HSR 10||Colorado|
|% uninsured (2013)||22.7%||14.3%|
|% underinsured (2013)||10.7%||13.9%|
|% enrolled in Medicaid (2012)||17.1%||12.4%|
|% of EBNE** kids (2011)||14.3%||18.8%|
|% that don’t have a usual source of care (2013)||18.8%||16.9%|
|% that saw a provider last year (2013)||71.6%||78.2%|
**EBNE stands for Eligible But Not Enrolled. EBNE children are those who are eligible for either Medicaid or Colorado’s Child Health Plan Plus (both of which provide free or low-cost health insurance), but are not enrolled in either. Reasons for not enrolling may be because of a lack of information, lack of ability to navigate the system, or by choice.
Access to care requires a sufficient supply of both health care providers and places where health care is provided–such as hospitals, clinics, and health centers. In Montrose County, the ratio of providers to patients is about average.
|Workforce & Capacity Issues:||Montrose County / HSR 10||Colorado|
|Safety net clinics*** (2012)||9|
|Practicing primary care physicians (2013)||75|
|Residents per physician (2013)||2,003:1||1,873:1|
|Medicaid patients per physician (2013)||1,784:1||1,853:1|
Source: Colorado Health Institute
***From the Colorado Health Institute: safety net clinics include community health centers, community mental health centers, community-based low income dental clinics, community-funded safety net clinics, rural health clinics, family practice residency programs, school-based health centers, and local public health departments or nursing services.
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