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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2004

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Racial and ethnic differences

Table 3.1a. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Getting Into the Health Care System

Measure Racial Differencei Ethnic Differenceii
Black Asian NHOPI AI/AN >1 Race Hispanic
Health Insurance Coverage
People under 65 with health insuranceiii = =
People under 65 with any private health insuranceiii = =
People 65 and over with any private health insuranceiii =
People uninsured all yeariv = iv =  
People with any period of uninsurance during the yeariv = =iv =  
People with any period of public insurance during the yeariv =iv  
Usual Source of Care
People who have a specific source of ongoing careiii = = = =
People in fair or poor health who have a specific source of ongoing careiii = =     =
People with a hospital, emergency room, or clinic as source of ongoing careiii =   =
People without a usual source of care who indicate a financial or insurance reason for not having a source of careiv =      
People who have a usual primary care provideriv = =iv =  
Patient Perceptions of Neediv
Families that experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care or do not receive needed care = =iv =  
Families that experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care due to financial or insurance reasons =       =
Families that did not receive a doctor's care or prescription medications because the family needed the money =      
Families not ve ry satisfied that they can get health care if they need it = iv =  
People who sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted iv =  
People who sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted iv    

iCompared with whites.
iiCompared with non-Hispanic whites.
iiiSource: National Health Interview Survey, 2001.
ivSource: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2001. This source did not collect information on Asians and NHOPIs separately but in aggr egate 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

Key to Symbols Used in Quality of 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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