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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003

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Table 120c: Income - Adults whose providers always explain things in a way they could understand, by family income,a United States, 2000

  Total Negative/poor Near poor/low Middle High
Population group Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total 58.8 0.7 59.1 1.7 57.5 1.2 57.4 1.2 60.1 1.0
Age                    
18-44 57.4 0.8 56.9 2.4 55.3 1.8 55.9 1.4 59.6 1.3
45-64 59.4 1.1 60.8 3.5 54.5 3.0 56.8 1.9 61.4 1.5
65 and over 61.2 1.2 61.4 3.5 63.0 2.1 63.1 2.3 57.9 2.2
Gender                    
Male 57.7 0.8 58.2 2.8 54.3 2.1 55.9 1.6 59.7 1.2
Female 59.5 0.8 59.5 2.0 59.2 1.6 58.4 1.4 60.4 1.3
Race                    
White 58.3 0.7 57.5 2.1 56.6 1.5 57.3 1.4 59.7 1.1
Black 64.4 1.4 66.0 3.0 65.3 3.0 60.1 2.7 68.4 2.9
Asian or Pacific Islander 52.5 3.7 * * * * * * 54.7 5.9
American Indian or Alaska Native * * * * * * * * * *
Ethnicity                    
Non-Hispanic 59.3 0.7 60.8 1.8 58.2 1.4 57.8 1.2 60.3 1.0
White 58.8 0.8 59.5 2.4 56.9 1.7 57.7 1.4 59.9 1.1
Black 64.7 1.5 66.0 3.0 65.8 3.2 60.4 2.7 68.4 3.0
Hispanic 53.0 1.6 47.4 3.9 53.4 3.1 52.5 2.7 56.5 3.2
Educationb (persons age 18 and over)                    
Less than high school graduate 56.6 1.3 58.0 2.5 56.8 2.1 57.8 2.3 52.5 2.8
High school graduate 58.2 1.0 61.9 2.7 58.7 2.5 55.8 1.7 59.2 1.9
At least some college 59.8 0.8 56.6 3.9 56.8 2.2 58.4 1.7 61.2 1.1
Insurance coverage                    
Under age 65                    
Any private 58.8 0.9 59.1 3.5 55.3 2.0 56.7 1.4 60.6 1.1
Public only 58.4 2.3 61.8 3.1 58.1 3.9 48.9 6.9 * *
Uninsured 53.0 2.2 49.5 4.0 51.0 4.0 54.7 4.5 57.5 5.5
Age 65 and over                    
Medicare only 62.8 2.3 59.7 6.6 67.8 3.5 59.0 3.9 63.0 4.9
Medicare and private 60.2 1.7 59.7 5.3 60.0 3.3 66.0 2.9 56.3 2.7
Medicare and other public 61.8 3.5 * * 62.2 5.2 * * * *
Residence location                    
MSA 58.3 0.7 58.7 1.8 56.5 1.5 57.2 1.3 59.5 1.2
Non-MSA 60.8 1.4 60.3 3.5 60.6 2.6 58.0 2.4 63.7 2.1

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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