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Problem getting medical care, past 12 months: Not know where to go

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For sub-sampled persons ages 20 and over, PROBWHERE indicates whether the person had a problem getting medical care during the past 12 months because "you didn't know where to go."

The question for PROBWHERE was asked for a sub-sample of randomly selected persons age 20 and over; NHIS automatically classifies persons who were selected but did not complete the questions as responding "no" for this variable. Users may choose to use this variable in combination with SUBSRESP77, which reports the person's sub-sample status in 1977.

Other variables from the 1977 survey cover other types of problems in getting medical care: cost (PROBCOST); availability (PROBAVAIL); scheduling difficulties (PROBHRS); and lack of transportation (PROBTRAN).

PROBGETCARE summarizes the results from this series of questions relating to these five specific obstacles and indicates whether the person had one or more problems getting medical care during the past 12 months.

Individuals who reported having had any problems getting medical care for any of these specific reasons were asked, "Did this problem prevent you from getting medical care for yourself?" The results of this inquiry are reported in PROBPREVCARE (Problem prevented from getting medical care 1+ times).


This variable is only available in 1977, for a subsample of one-third of persons age 20 and older.


  • 1977: Subsampled persons age 20+.


  • 1977