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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Families that experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care due to financial or insurance reasons.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

189 Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medications due to financial or insurance reasons, United States, 2002,

189A Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed medical care due to financial or insurance reasons, United States, 2002,

189B Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed dental care due to financial or insurance reasons, United States, 2002,

189C Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed prescription medications due to financial or insurance reasons, United States, 2002,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income
  • Education

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

Number of U.S. families who reported having at least 1 member experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care.

Numerator

Number of U.S. families who reported having at least 1 member experience difficulties or delays in obtaining health care because they 1) could not afford it, 2) their insurance company would not approve/cover/pay for it, 3) their insurance company required a referral they could not get, 4) the doctor refused the family's insurance plan, or 5) it was too expensive to get to the site for care.

Comments

A change in survey question format in 2002 affected the way responses were collected for this item; these rates should not be compared to data from 2001 and earlier.

Race, ethnicity, family income, and education characteristics are those of the family reference person and are used to characterize the entire family unit.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

161A: Adults who can always get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2002,

161B: Adults who can usually get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2002,

161C: Adults who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2002,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income
  • Education

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized adults age 18 and older who report that, during the previous 12 months, they had made an appointment with a doctor or other health provider for regular or routine health care.

Numerator

Percent distribution of the denominator population who can always (table 161A), usually (table 161B), or sometimes or never (table 161C), get the appointment for regular or routine health care as soon as they wanted.

Comments

This measure is also presented in the Timeliness section.

Tables report data from the MEPS 2002 Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ). See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information on the SAQ.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

163A: Adults who can always get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2002,

163B: Adults who can usually get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2002,

163C: Adults who can sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2002,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income
  • Education

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized adults age 18 and older who reported that they, during the previous 12 months, had an illness or injury that needed care right away from a doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room.

Numerator

Percent distribution of the denominator population who can always (table 163A), usually (table 163B), or sometimes or never (table 163C), get the appointment for illness or injury care as soon as they wanted.

Comments

This measure is also presented in the Timeliness section.

Tables report data from the MEPS 2002 Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ). See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information on the SAQ.

 

 

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