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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 191b
People with difficulty contacting provider over the telephone, by ethnicity, United States, 2002
Population group Total Non-Hispanic Hispanic (all races)
All races White Black
Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total   19.1 0.5 18.8 0.5 19.1 0.5 16.7 1.0 21.4 1.0
Age 0-17 16.7 0.7 16.1 0.8 16.2 0.9 14.0 1.6 19.4 1.4
18-44 20.3 0.7 20.1 0.7 20.5 0.8 18.2 1.5 22.2 1.4
45-64 21.2 0.7 20.9 0.7 21.0 0.8 19.4 1.8 25.1 2.1
65 and over 17.6 0.8 17.4 0.8 17.7 0.9 15.6 2.2 21.6 3.0
Gender Male 18.5 0.5 18.3 0.5 18.5 0.6 16.6 1.3 20.8 1.3
Female 19.6 0.5 19.3 0.6 19.6 0.6 16.7 1.0 22.0 1.1
Family incomea Negative or poor 22.9 1.1 22.4 1.3 23.2 1.7 21.8 2.2 24.6 2.2
Near poor/low 17.8 0.9 17.6 1.0 17.4 1.2 16.0 1.9 18.8 1.7
Middle 19.0 0.8 18.5 0.8 19.1 0.9 13.6 1.8 22.9 1.9
High 18.7 0.6 18.6 0.7 18.9 0.7 15.7 2.1 19.2 2.6
Educationb Less than high school graduate 20.1 0.8 19.5 1.0 19.4 1.1 18.5 1.8 22.3 1.5
High school graduate 18.9 0.7 18.6 0.8 19.0 0.8 17.0 1.7 22.6 2.0
At least some college 20.9 0.6 20.7 0.6 21.0 0.7 19.6 1.9 23.7 2.2
Health insurance, under age 65 Any private 18.9 0.6 18.7 0.6 19.0 0.6 15.3 1.4 21.1 1.6
Public only 21.2 1.1 21.1 1.2 21.3 1.6 19.1 2.0 21.4 1.8
Uninsured 20.9 1.3 20.3 1.5 20.5 1.8 19.1 3.1 22.7 2.2
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 19.7 1.6 19.9 1.7 20.0 1.9 16.7 3.8 17.2 4.6
Medicare and private 16.0 1.0 15.9 1.0 16.0 1.0 16.3 3.5 * *
Medicare and other public 19.5 2.4 18.0 2.7 21.0 3.8 13.9 3.9 26.1 3.8
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 20.0 0.7 19.7 0.8 20.3 0.9 16.8 1.3 21.6 1.3
Metropolitan-small 18.5 0.8 18.1 0.9 18.0 0.9 17.3 2.0 22.2 2.0
Micropolitan 17.8 1.2 18.0 1.2 18.5 1.3 16.4 3.4 14.2 2.7
Noncore-adjacent 16.8 2.5 16.2 2.3 16.7 2.6 9.2 1.8 * *
Noncore-not adjacent 17.0 3.1 17.3 3.1 17.8 3.2 * * * *
CSHCN Yes 21.3 1.4 21.3 1.6 22.0 1.7 15.0 2.1 21.5 3.0
No 15.4 0.7 14.7 0.8 14.4 1.0 13.9 1.8 19.0 1.5
Preferred language English 19.0 0.5 18.9 0.5 19.1 0.5 16.9 1.0 19.9 1.6
Other 20.9 1.3 16.6 2.4 20.0 4.4 * * 23.4 1.4
Born in U.S. Yes 18.9 0.5 18.8 0.5 19.0 0.5 16.9 1.0 19.9 1.2
No 21.0 1.2 18.7 1.6 20.3 2.4 * * 24.4 1.4

a Negative or poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

b Persons age 18 and over. Less than high school graduate refers to fewer than 12 years of education; high school graduate, 12 years of education; and at least some college, more than 12 years of education.

c See MEPS entry in the Data Sources Appendix (Appendix A) for more information.

* Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Key: CSHCN: Children with special health care needs; SE: Standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

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