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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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Table 3.3a. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Patient Perceptions of Care

Measure Racial Differencei Ethnic Differenceii
Black Asian NHOPI AI/AN >1 Race Hispanic
Patient-Provider Communicationiii
People with provider who usually asks about medications and treatments other doctors may give =iii =  
Adults whose providers sometimes or never listened carefully to them = iii =  
Adults whose providers sometimes or never explained things in a way they could understand iii =  
Adults whose providers sometimes or never showed respect for what they had to say = =iii  
Patient- Provider Relationshipiii
People not satisfied with quality of care received from provider = iii  
Adults whose providers sometimes or never spent enough time with them = iii  
Adults who rate their health care in the past year <7 on a scale from 0 to 10 =iii  

iCompared with whites.
iiCompared with non-Hispanic whites.
iiiSource: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2001. 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.
Key: NHOPI=Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; AI/AN=American Indian or Alaska Native; HS=high school.

Key to Symbols Used in Access to Health Care Tables:
=: Group and comparison group have about same access to health care.
↑Group has better access to health care than the comparison group.
↓Group has worse access to health care than the comparison group.
Blank cell: Reliable estimate for group could not be made.

Table 3.3b. Socioeconomic Differences in Patient Perceptions of Care

Measure Income Differencei Educational Differenceii Insurance Differenceiii
<100% 100-199% 200-399% <HS HS Grad Uninsured
Patient-Provider Communicationiv
People with provider who usually asks about medications and treatments other doctors may give = = = =
Adults whose providers sometimes or never listened carefully =
Adults whose providers sometimes or never explained things in a way they could understand
Adults whose providers sometimes or never showed respect for what they had to say
Patient- Provider Relationshipiv
People not satisfied with quality of care from provider = =
Adults whose providers sometimes or never spent enough time =
Adults who rate their health care in the past year <7 on a scale from 0 to 10

iCompared with persons with family incomes 400% of Federal poverty thresholds or above.
iiCompared with persons with any college education.
iiiCompared with persons under 65 with any private health insurance.
ivSource: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2001.
Key: NHOPI=Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; AI/AN=American Indian or Alaska Native; HS=high school

Key to Symbols Used in Access to Health Care Tables:
=: Group and comparison group have about same access to health care.
↑Group has better access to health care than the comparison group.
↓Group has worse access to health care than the comparison group.
Blank cell: Reliable estimate for group could not be made.

 

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