Greater Percentage of Latinos in North San Diego County Lack Health Coverage Than Other Ethnic Groups
Latino residents of the Palomar Pomerado Health Care District in north San Diego County are less likely to have health insurance than other residents, according to a study by Palomar Pomerado Health, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
The study was prepared by a research firm and examined various health care data sources as well as information specific to ZIP codes in the health district. According to the study, 58% of Latino adults have health insurance, compared with an 87% average of all residents of the district. In addition, 72.5% of Latino children have health insurance, compared with a 90% district average.
The study also found that 34% of Latino children are overweight, compared with 28% of white children. According to the study, about 24,000 people in the area examined have diabetes.
About one-fourth of the district's residents are Latino, the Union-Tribune reports. The district used data from the study to rank the top four health issues in the region as access to health care services, obesity, diabetes and mental health. Health officials said they will use the study to provide better health care for patients (Snow, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10/21).