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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 200d
People with an emergency room visit 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   14.3 0.3 18.8 0.6 15.3 0.5 11.4 0.4
Age 18-44 13.3 0.4 16.5 0.7 15.1 0.7 10.7 0.5
45-64 12.6 0.4 18.4 1.1 13.2 0.7 10.5 0.6
65 and over 20.3 0.7 23.5 1.3 19.7 1.4 17.6 1.0
Gender Male 12.8 0.4 16.4 0.8 13.7 0.6 10.3 0.5
Female 15.7 0.4 20.9 0.8 16.7 0.7 12.5 0.5
Race White, single race 14.1 0.3 18.3 0.7 15.1 0.5 11.6 0.4
Black, single race 17.4 0.9 21.6 1.4 18.0 1.5 13.5 1.1
Asian, single race 5.8 0.9 * * * * 5.9 1.1
NHOPI,single race * * * * * * * *
AI/AN,single race 18.1 2.7 * * 16.2 4.0 * *
Multiple races 22.4 2.4 * * * * 13.0 2.9
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 14.6 0.3 21.2 0.8 15.7 0.5 11.4 0.4
Non-Hispanic, White 14.5 0.3 21.4 0.9 15.6 0.6 11.5 0.4
Non-Hispanic, Black 17.4 0.9 21.6 1.3 18.1 1.5 13.6 1.1
Hispanic (all races) 11.9 0.6 11.9 0.8 11.8 1.1 11.8 1.2
Family incomeb Negative or poor 23.2 0.9 25.2 1.3 24.7 1.6 17.2 1.7
Near poor/low 18.7 0.7 19.6 1.2 18.9 1.2 17.1 1.4
Middle 13.4 0.5 15.9 0.9 13.4 0.7 12.1 0.7
High 10.8 0.3 14.4 1.3 12.3 0.7 9.7 0.4
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 11.7 0.3 15.3 0.8 13.2 0.6 10.0 0.4
Public only 28.9 1.1 29.0 1.7 29.5 1.7 27.6 2.5
Uninsured 11.4 0.6 12.1 1.0 11.2 1.0 10.7 1.3
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 21.6 1.3 23.9 2.1 21.5 2.5 18.0 2.4
Medicare and private 18.9 0.9 21.5 1.8 19.5 1.8 16.6 1.2
Medicare and other public 25.4 2.2 27.9 2.7 16.2 3.5 * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 13.3 0.4 16.7 0.9 14.9 0.7 11.0 0.5
Metropolitan-small 14.7 0.4 19.9 1.0 15.2 0.9 11.7 0.7
Micropolitan 17.5 1.0 22.3 1.6 17.4 1.3 14.3 1.1
Noncore-adjacent 15.3 1.4 19.9 2.2 14.5 2.5 11.2 1.9
Noncore-not adjacent 15.2 2.0 25.6 3.6 15.9 2.8 * *
Preferred language English 14.5 0.3 20.7 0.8 15.4 0.5 11.5 0.4
Other 10.1 0.6 10.7 0.8 9.6 1.2 9.5 1.1
Born in U.S. Yes 14.8 0.3 20.9 0.7 15.6 0.5 11.7 0.4
No 9.5 0.5 10.4 0.9 9.4 1.1 8.8 0.8

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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