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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2003

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Socioeconomic Differences in Patient Safety

Measure Income Difference[1] Educational Difference[2] Insurance Difference[3]
  <100% 100-199% 200-399% <HS HS Grad Uninsured
Medication Safety
Elderly prescribed inappropriate medications[4]       Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Data are collected but do not meet criteria for statistical reliability
Persons with provider who does not usually ask about medications and treatments other doctors may give[5] Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care Selected population receives better quality care than the comparison population
Key to Quality of Health Care Tables
Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care: Selected population and comparison population receive about same quality of health care
Selected population receives better quality care than the comparison population: Selected population receives better quality care than the comparison population
Selected population receives worse quality care than the comparison population: Selected population receives worse quality 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 mothers with any college education.

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

[4] Source: MEPS, 1998. This source did not collect information on Asians and NHOPIs separately but in aggregate as Asian or Pacific Islander. This source did not collect information for >1 race.

[5] Source: MEPS, 1999. This source did not collect information on Asians and NHOPIs separately but in aggregate as Asian or Pacific Islander. This source did not collect information for >1 race.

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