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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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Table 1.3. Availability of measures of access to health care with comparable data for 2000 and 2001 for different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups

Measure Data Source Black Hispanic Asian or API AI/AN Poor
People under 65 with health insurance NHIS
People under 65 with public health insurance only NHIS
People under 65 with any private health insurance NHIS
People 65 and over with any private health insurance NHIS  
People uninsured all year MEPS
People with any period of uninsurance during the year MEPS
People with any period of public insurance during the year MEPS
People who have a specific source of ongoing care NHIS
People in fair or poor health with a specific source of ongoing care NHIS  
People with a hospital, emergency room, or clinic as source of ongoing care NHIS
People without a usual source of care who indicate a financial or insurance reason for not having a source of care MEPS    
People who have a usual primary care provider MEPS
Families that experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care or do not receive needed care MEPS  
Families that experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care due to financial or insurance reasons MEPS    
Families that did not receive a doctor's care or prescription medications because the family needed the money MEPS    
Families not very satisfied that they can get health care if they need it MEPS  
People who sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted MEPS  
People who sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted MEPS    
People with provider who has office hours nights or weekends MEPS
People with difficulty getting appointments on short notice MEPS
People with difficulty contacting provider over the telephone MEPS
Adults without problems getting referral to a specialist in past year MEPS    
People not very satisfied with professional staff at provider's office MEPS
People who usually wait over 30 minutes before seeing provider MEPS
People with provider who usually asks about medications and treatments other doctors may give MEPS
Adults whose providers sometimes or never listened carefully to them MEPS  
Adults whose providers sometimes or never explained things in a way they could understand MEPS  
Adults whose providers sometimes or never showed respect for what they had to say MEPS  
People not satisfied with quality of care received from provider MEPS
Adults whose providers sometimes or never spent enough time with them MEPS  
Adults who rate their health care in the past year <7 on a scale from 0 to 10 MEPS  

√ Indicates that reliable data on measure are available for this group and included in summary across measures of access for this group.
Key: API=Asian or Pacific Islander; AI/AN=American Indian or Alaska Native; Poor=Individuals with household incomes <100% of Federal poverty thresholds.

 

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