Medically Underserved Area

Terms:  medically underserved area

The federal MUA designation identifies medically underserved areas on the basis of demographic data.  To qualify for designation the area or population is scored on the basis of four criteria:

  1. percentage of population below 100% poverty
  2. percentage of population age 65 and over
  3. infant mortality rate
  4. primary care physicians per 1,000 population

The four resulting scores are added and the sum is identified as the Index of Medical Underservice (IMU). An area with a score less than 62 is generally eligible for designation as an MUA.

Source and for further information: California Health Workforce Catalog

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