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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003

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Table 109b: Ethnicity - Persons with difficulty getting appointments on short notice, by ethnicity, United States, 1999

          Non-Hispanic    
  Total All races White Black Hispanic
Population group Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total 24.4 0.6 24.2 0.7 24.2 0.7 21.4 1.7 26.2 1.3
Age                    
0-17 20.8 1.1 20.3 1.2 19.2 1.3 19.7 2.4 24.0 1.9
18-44 27.8 0.9 27.6 1.0 27.8 1.1 24.9 2.5 29.4 1.8
45-64 26.2 0.9 26.1 1.0 26.9 1.1 19.2 2.2 27.8 2.4
65 and over 20.8 1.2 20.9 1.2 21.1 1.3 18.8 2.9 19.1 3.3
Gender                    
Male 23.4 0.8 23.2 0.8 23.1 0.9 20.7 2.2 25.7 1.5
Female 25.2 0.7 25.0 0.7 25.2 0.8 21.8 1.7 26.6 1.5
Family incomea                    
Negative or poor 24.9 1.8 23.6 2.0 23.2 2.4 19.7 3.1 30.2 3.3
Near poor/low 23.9 1.5 23.4 1.7 23.2 1.9 20.2 3.0 26.1 2.6
Middle 23.9 1.0 23.4 1.1 23.7 1.3 20.8 2.7 28.5 2.2
High 24.8 1.0 25.1 1.0 25.1 1.1 24.8 3.2 18.4 2.4
Educationb (persons age 18 and over)                    
Less than high school graduate 25.3 1.1 24.4 1.3 25.1 1.5 20.6 3.0 29.7 2.0
High school graduate 25.1 0.9 24.9 1.0 25.0 1.1 23.5 2.3 28.4 2.3
At least some college 26.6 0.9 26.7 1.0 27.0 1.1 22.2 2.6 24.7 2.3
Insurance coverage                    
Under age 65                    
Any private 24.7 0.7 24.7 0.8 24.8 0.8 22.9 2.2 25.0 1.7
Public only 26.5 2.0 26.0 2.3 26.8 2.8 18.8 3.0 28.5 2.9
Uninsured 24.8 2.1 22.8 2.5 23.1 2.7 21.3 5.6 30.5 3.6
Age 65 and over                    
Medicare only 19.4 1.9 19.3 2.0 19.5 2.2 18.2 4.2 * *
Medicare and private 21.1 1.5 21.1 1.6 21.5 1.6 * * * *
Medicare and other public 22.6 2.9 23.9 3.5 23.5 4.4 * * * *
Residence location                    
MSA 24.5 0.7 24.2 0.7 24.4 0.8 21.2 1.7 26.6 1.4
Non-MSA 23.8 1.7 23.9 1.7 23.7 1.8 21.8 5.0 21.8 3.0

aNegative or poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

bLess than high school graduate refers to fewer than 12 years of education; high school graduate, 12 years of education; and at least some college, more than 12 years of education.

*Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: SE: Standard error; MSA: Metropolitan Statistical Area

Note: The population categories used in this table are as reported from the source of the data (see below).

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

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