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The percentage of individuals in Windsor-Essex County who report that they have a regular doctor are presented below. The impact that age and sex as well as various social variables have on individuals’ access to a regular doctor is also presented.

Table 1: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That They Have a Regular Doctor by Year, Age 12 and Older
  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Percent 88.4 89.7 91.1 89.0 93.5 91.2

95% CI

84.7-91.3

84.7-91.3

84.7-91.3

84.7-91.3

84.7-91.3

84.7-91.3

There is no significant change in the percentage of people who report that they have a regular doctor between 2007 and 2012. 

Table 2: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That They Have a Regular Doctor by Age and Sex, 2007-2012
 

Male

Percent (95% CI)

Female

Percent (95% CI)

Total

Both Sexes

Percent (95% CI)

Age 12 to 19

94.0 (89.3-96.7)

93.7 (88.6-96.6)

93.8 (90.8-95.9)

Age 20 to 44

80.3 (76.5-83.7)

92.7 (89.9-94.7)

86.4  (84.0-88.6)

Age 45 to 64

87.5 (82.3-91.3)

94.6 (91.3-96.7)

91.0 (88.2-93.2)

Age 65 and above

96.1 (91.9-98.2)

97.8 (96.2-98.7)

97.0 (95.3-98.1)

Total (All Ages)

86.6 (84.2-88.7)

94.3 (92.8-95.5)

90.5 (89.0-91.7)

When sex is examined alone there is a significant difference in the percentage of men and women who report that they have a regular doctor, with more women reporting that they have one in comparison to men. When age is examined alone there are significant differences in the percentage of people who have a regular doctor by age group, with those who are in the youngest age group (12 to 19) and the oldest age group (65 and older) being significantly more likely to have regular doctors than those aged 20 to 44, and those aged 65 and older also being significantly more likely to have a doctor in comparison to those aged 45 to 64.  When age and sex are examined there are significant differences between the percentage of men and women who have a regular doctor for those aged 20 to 44 and aged 45 to 64, with men being less likely to have a doctor. 

Table 3: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That They Have a Regular Doctor by Income Quintile, Age 12 and Older, 2007-2012
 

Quintile 1

Lowest Income

Quintile 2

Quintile 3

Quintile 4

Quintile 5

Highest Income

Percent

88.4

91.4 91.0 91.3 90.3

95% CI

84.5-91.3

88.3-93.7

87.3-93.7

87.8-93.9

86.3-93.2

There is no significant difference in the percentage of people who report having a regular doctor by income.

Table 4: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That They Have a Regular Doctor by Education Level, Age 12 and Older
 

Less Than Secondary School

Secondary School Graduate

Some Post-Secondary

Post-Secondary Graduate

Percent

90.2

90.2 90.9

90.2

95% CI

86.5-92.9

86.8-92.9

86.0-94.2

87.9-92.0

There is no significant difference in the percentage of people who have a regular doctor by education level. 

Table 5: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That They Have a Regular Doctor by Minority Status, Age 12 and Older, 2007-2012
  White Minority
Percent

90.4

89.6

95% CI

88.7-91.8

84.6-93.2

There is no significant difference in the percentage of people who have a regular doctor by minority status.  

Table 6: Percentage of Individuals Reporting That They Have a Regular Doctor by Immigration Status, Age 12 and Older, 2007-2012
  Born in Canada Immigrant
Percent 90.1 90.1

95% CI

88.3-91.6

87.4-93.6

There is no significant difference in the percentage of people who have a regular doctor by immigration status.  

Data Notes

  1. Data Source: Canadian Community Health Survey, [2007,2008,2009,2010,2011,2012], Share File, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
  2. The Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) collects data through participant self-report. Data collected through self-report can be biased due to inaccurate memory or because of social desirability. Social desirability happens when individuals answer questions in a manner that they think will be viewed favourably, and is more likely to occur when individuals are answering sensitive questions.
  3. Not Stated and Don’t Know responses were excluded from analysis.
  4. 95% CI = 95% confidence interval. The 95% confidence interval provides a range within which we are 95% confident that the true population proportion (%) falls. If a stated result percentage is 18% with a 95% CI of 15.0-21.0%, we can be 95% confident that the true percentage lies within the range of 15.0% to 21.0%. The wider the confidence interval, the more variability there is, and the less precise the estimate.
  5. Significant differences were determined based on non-overlapping confidence intervals.
  6. Understanding income quintiles used in this report: The Canadian Community Health Survey contains a variable that groups Windsor-Essex survey respondents into one of 10 income deciles. Each decile contains 10% of the sample population. So that the lowest or first decile contains the 10% of the population that has the lowest household income, and the highest or 10th decile contains the 10% of the sample population that has the highest household income. The calculation takes into account reported household income, low-income cut-off values, household size, and community size. For the purposes of this report, deciles were used to create quintiles for ease of analysis and interpretation (quintiles are fifths, and so each quintile contains 20% of the sample population). The lowest two deciles were combined to make the lowest quintile, the third and fourth decile s were combined to create the second lowest quintile, and so forth, with the two highest income deciles being combined to make the highest income quintile.
  7. A white ethnic background was defined as an individual who reported that their ethnicity was white. All other ethnicities were coded as minority.
  8. Immigrant was defined as someone who had ever immigrated to Canada.
  9. The geographical area of Windsor-Essex County represents the population of the entire county of Essex and includes all municipalities within the county.
  10. Age standardized statistics available upon request.