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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 198d
People with a prescription medication in the past year, by educationa, United States, 2002
Population group Total Less than high school graduate High school graduate At least some college
Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total   68.4 0.5 64.1 0.8 68.4 0.7 70.4 0.5
Age 18-44 56.9 0.6 47.5 1.1 55.5 1.0 62.1 0.8
45-64 75.4 0.5 72.9 1.3 75.9 0.9 75.9 0.8
65 and over 90.7 0.6 89.4 0.9 91.4 0.9 91.3 0.9
Gender Male 58.9 0.6 53.5 1.2 58.4 1.0 61.7 0.8
Female 77.2 0.4 74.0 0.8 77.6 0.7 78.5 0.6
Race White, single race 70.1 0.5 64.6 0.9 70.8 0.7 72.2 0.6
Black, single race 61.5 1.2 62.8 1.5 58.2 1.9 64.1 1.7
Asian, single race 51.7 1.7 53.7 4.3 44.2 3.3 53.6 2.3
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race 67.4 3.3 * * 56.6 5.6 * *
Multiple races 72.4 3.2 * * * * 70.6 4.8
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 71.0 0.4 70.4 0.8 70.9 0.7 71.3 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 73.6 0.4 73.1 0.9 74.1 0.7 73.4 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 61.5 1.3 62.9 1.5 58.4 1.9 63.8 1.7
Hispanic (all races) 49.5 1.0 46.3 1.4 47.0 2.0 58.2 1.8
Family incomeb Negative or poor 65.6 1.1 63.9 1.5 64.1 1.9 71.1 1.9
Near poor/low 66.1 0.9 63.5 1.5 66.7 1.3 69.3 1.6
Middle 66.6 0.8 61.7 1.3 67.4 1.0 68.6 1.1
High 71.3 0.6 69.6 1.8 71.8 1.1 71.4 0.7
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 67.9 0.5 60.3 1.3 68.2 0.8 69.4 0.6
Public only 73.7 1.1 71.6 1.5 73.5 1.9 79.3 2.5
Uninsured 39.2 1.0 35.7 1.6 37.5 1.7 46.0 2.0
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 89.7 0.9 89.3 1.4 90.8 1.7 89.2 2.0
Medicare and private 91.9 0.7 90.1 1.4 92.4 0.9 92.6 1.0
Medicare and other public 89.3 1.7 90.9 1.5 84.7 4.9 * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 65.6 0.6 59.2 1.2 64.6 1.0 68.8 0.7
Metropolitan-small 70.4 0.7 65.9 1.3 71.1 1.0 72.1 1.0
Micropolitan 74.7 1.2 72.9 1.7 75.8 1.6 74.8 1.7
Noncore-adjacent 72.0 1.8 71.3 2.3 71.1 2.7 74.2 2.7
Noncore-not adjacent 74.7 3.1 81.7 4.3 71.3 2.3 73.2 6.8
Preferred language English 71.1 0.5 69.7 0.8 70.8 0.7 71.9 0.6
Other 47.2 1.1 47.0 1.6 40.4 2.1 52.6 2.0
Born in U.S. Yes 71.5 0.5 69.7 0.8 71.3 0.7 72.4 0.6
No 51.5 1.0 47.7 1.6 44.8 1.9 58.5 1.6

a 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.

b 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.

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: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; 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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