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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003

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Socioeconomic Differences in Health Care Expenditures

Measure Income Difference[1] Educational Difference[2] Insurance Difference[3]
  <100% 100-199% 200-399% <HS HS Grad Uninsured
Overall Expenditures[4]
People with any health care expenditures Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population
Mean total health care expenditures among persons with expenditures Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population
Mean Expenditures among Users by Type of Service4
Mean office or outpatient expenditures Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives less care than the comparison population
Mean prescription medication expenditures Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population
Mean dental expenditures Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives less care than the comparison population
Mean emergency room expenditures Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care
Mean inpatient expenditures Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability
Percent of Expenditure Paid by Medicaid4
Total health care expenditures paid by Medicaid Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population  
Office or outpatient expenditures paid by Medicaid Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population  
Prescription medication expenditures paid by Medicaid Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population  
Dental expenditures paid by Medicaid Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population  
Emergency room expenditures paid by Medicaid Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population  
Percent of Expenditure Paid out-of-pocket4
Total health care expenditures paid out-of-pocket Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population
Office or outpatient expenditures paid out-of-pocket Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population
Prescription medication expenditures paid out-of-pocket Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population receives more care than the comparison population
Dental expenditures paid out-of-pocket Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives more care than the comparison population
Emergency room expenditures paid out-of-pocket Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives more care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives more care than the comparison population
Inpatient expenditures paid out-of-pocket Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Selected population receives less care than the comparison population Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability
Key to Quality of Health Care Tables
Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care: Selected population and comparison population receive about same amount of health care
Selected population receives more care than the comparison population: Selected population receives more care than the comparison population
Selected population receives less care than the comparison population: Selected population receives less care than the comparison population
Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability: Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability

[1] Compared with persons with family incomes 400% of federal poverty thresholds or above.

[2] Compared with persons with any college education.

[3] Compared with person under 65 with any private health insurance.

[4] Source: MEPS, 1999.

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