According to the Cost of Living Index provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research, the cost of healthcare in Dubuque is about 4% lower than the national average. In Dubuque the median household income is $44,599 – lower than the national median income by 19% ($53,046: 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates). Dubuque County also shows a lower rate of primary care physicians per 100,000 residents compared to the national average, which could make access difficult.
FROM THE SURVEY:
- 67.59% of respondents have a concern about affordability in healthcare compared to 18.98% who do not have concerns about affordability. Respondents with a household income of $25,000-$49,999 had the highest concern about affordability (81.25%).
- 72.77% believe Dubuque offers quality healthcare options, compared to 12.68% who do not believe there are quality healthcare options.
FROM THE DIALOGUES:
- There are many quality options for healthcare in the Dubuque community; as a small community, there are many qualities Dubuque is lucky to have so many great healthcare facilities.
- Those on assistance programs have fewer medical care facilities to choose from, which can cause issues.
- There are not enough doctors in Dubuque to fill the need of the community. There are often long wait times when you try to make an appointment with a provider.