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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003

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Table 115a: Race - Semiurgent/nonurgent emergency department visits with wait ≥ 1 hour, by race, United States, 1999-2000

  Total White Black API AI/AN
Population group Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total 25.6 1.4 23.7 1.5 31.3 2.3 25.9 3.9 * *
Age                    
0-17 27.4 2.2 25.0 2.2 33.1 3.7 * * * *
18-44 24.6 1.5 22.9 1.7 29.9 2.3 * * * *
45-64 26.7 1.8 25.1 2.0 31.4 2.8 * * * *
65 and over 22.7 2.0 20.6 2.1 33.4 4.7 * * * *
Gender                    
Male 25.8 1.5 23.9 1.7 30.9 2.3 * * * *
Female 25.4 1.5 23.4 1.5 32.0 2.8 25.2 4.8 * *
Payment source                    
Private 23.2 1.5 22.3 1.5 26.4 2.8 27.5 5.5 * *
Medicare 23.2 1.9 21.5 2.1 30.2 3.7 * * * *
Medicaid 28.6 2.0 26.0 2.4 33.5 2.7 * * * *
Uninsured 29.4 1.9 26.8 2.0 35.6 3.1 * * * *
Residence location                    
Urban (MSA) 28.5 1.7 26.7 1.8 33.1 2.5 25.6 3.9 * *
Rural (Non-MSA) 14.4 2.3 13.5 2.6 18.3 3.9 * * * *

Emergent/urgent emergency department visits defined by response to the NHAMCS ED question "Immediacy with which patient should be seen"

  1. Unknown/no triage (Excluded from the analysis.)
  2. Less than 15 minutes (Emergent)
  3. 15-60 minutes (Urgent)
  4. More than 1 hour-2 hours (Semiurgent).
  5. ore than 2 hours-24 hours (Nonurgent)

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

Key: API: Asian or Pacific Islander; AI/AN: American Indian; 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: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care

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