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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 198b
People with a prescription medication in the past year, 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   64.4 0.4 67.0 0.4 70.5 0.4 54.4 1.2 47.6 0.9
Age 0-17 52.7 0.7 54.6 0.8 59.9 0.9 38.8 1.8 44.2 1.3
18-44 56.8 0.6 59.9 0.6 62.8 0.7 50.4 1.7 41.3 1.2
45-64 75.3 0.5 76.6 0.6 78.0 0.6 71.8 1.3 61.9 1.7
65 and over 90.5 0.5 90.9 0.6 91.6 0.6 87.8 1.8 83.4 1.9
Gender Male 57.2 0.5 60.0 0.6 63.3 0.6 45.2 1.4 40.6 1.0
Female 71.2 0.5 73.7 0.5 77.3 0.5 62.5 1.3 55.0 1.2
Family incomea Negative or poor 57.8 1.1 61.6 1.2 69.0 1.3 50.4 2.0 46.1 1.6
Near poor/low 60.7 0.9 65.4 1.0 70.5 1.2 53.2 1.8 44.6 1.5
Middle 63.2 0.7 65.6 0.7 68.5 0.8 54.4 1.6 47.8 1.5
High 69.3 0.6 70.2 0.6 72.3 0.6 60.2 2.2 54.6 2.2
Educationb Less than high school graduate 64.1 0.8 70.4 0.8 73.1 0.9 62.9 1.5 46.3 1.4
High school graduate 68.4 0.7 70.9 0.7 74.1 0.7 58.4 1.9 47.0 2.0
At least some college 70.4 0.5 71.3 0.6 73.4 0.6 63.8 1.7 58.2 1.8
Health insurance, under age 65 Any private 64.9 0.5 66.4 0.5 69.1 0.5 54.8 1.3 51.4 1.2
Public only 59.6 1.0 61.0 1.3 68.1 1.4 51.2 2.3 55.4 1.5
Uninsured 38.1 1.0 43.1 1.2 46.5 1.5 36.0 2.0 27.2 1.3
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 89.4 0.9 89.8 0.9 91.2 0.9 79.8 3.6 84.0 3.7
Medicare and private 91.9 0.7 91.9 0.7 92.1 0.7 90.8 2.4 * *
Medicare and other public 88.8 1.7 90.2 1.9 90.5 2.6 92.9 2.9 83.0 3.1
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 61.2 0.6 64.7 0.6 69.6 0.6 52.8 1.5 45.4 1.1
Metropolitan-small 67.1 0.7 68.4 0.7 70.2 0.7 56.2 1.6 55.3 1.9
Micropolitan 70.9 1.2 72.4 1.1 74.6 1.2 59.8 2.7 49.9 2.9
Noncore-adjacent 67.5 2.0 69.2 1.8 70.0 1.7 68.3 4.5 43.3 4.7
Noncore-not adjacent 71.0 2.5 71.2 2.5 72.0 2.4 * * * *
CSHCN Yes 84.6 1.0 85.2 1.1 86.7 1.2 80.0 2.7 80.7 2.3
No 45.3 0.8 46.8 0.9 52.5 1.0 29.6 1.6 39.1 1.3
Preferred language English 67.0 0.4 68.2 0.5 71.2 0.4 54.7 1.2 53.1 1.1
Other 45.0 1.1 47.7 1.9 49.1 3.8 * * 43.6 1.3
Born in U.S. Yes 66.7 0.5 68.2 0.5 71.1 0.4 55.0 1.2 52.3 1.1
No 49.5 1.0 56.0 1.4 62.6 2.3 49.5 3.5 42.1 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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