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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 236c
Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older that waited at least 30 minutes to see doctor at last visit in the past year, by income, 2002a
Population group Total Negative/poor Near poor/low Middle High
Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total   25.6 0.8 36.1 2.1 29.5 1.3 22.1 1.2 19.9 1.4
Age 65 to 74 24.8 0.9 33.6 2.8 30.8 1.9 21.2 1.6 19.9 1.7
75 to 84 26.9 1.1 38.7 3.5 30.6 1.9 23.2 1.6 19.9 2.3
85 and older 25.5 1.7 40.3 4.4 20.7 2.4 24.8 3.1 20.9 4.4
Gender Male 25.1 1.0 35.2 3.8 31.0 2.1 21.8 1.4 21.5 1.9
Female 26.0 0.9 36.5 2.4 28.7 1.5 22.5 1.5 18.1 2.0
Race White 24.0 0.8 33.3 2.3 27.9 1.3 21.2 1.2 19.7 1.4
Black 36.6 2.6 42.7 4.5 40.6 4.8 30.8 5.1 * *
AI/AN * * * * * * * * * *
API 39.5 5.4 * * 39.3 8.3 * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, White 22.7 0.8 27.8 2.4 27.2 1.4 20.5 1.2 19.5 1.5
Non-Hispanic, Black 35.7 2.7 42.1 4.7 40.3 4.9 28.3 5.1 * *
Hispanic (all races) 42.0 2.7 52.7 4.0 35.2 5.0 39.3 4.9 * *
Health insurance Medicare and private 40.8 2.2 42.4 2.9 38.8 3.6 * * * *
Medicare and Medicaid 26.3 1.6 25.6 5.6 35.2 3.0 21.8 2.5 19.4 3.3
Medicare HMO 22.8 0.9 30.9 3.4 25.1 1.5 22.3 1.3 19.4 1.5
Medicare fee-for-service only 30.3 3.0 33.7 5.9 33.2 4.7 23.1 4.8 * *
Residence location MSA 25.2 0.9 36.7 2.3 30.1 1.6 21.7 1.4 19.2 1.6
Non-MSA 26.8 1.6 34.3 4.0 27.3 1.9 23.9 2.3 23.8 2.5
Functional limitations No limitations 23.7 0.9 32.8 2.8 28.1 1.9 20.5 1.4 20.9 1.7
IADLs only 25.7 1.6 39.6 4.8 29.9 3.1 22.1 2.5 11.8 2.9
1-2 ADLs 29.3 1.6 38.1 4.1 30.6 2.7 26.6 2.6 20.9 3.5
3 or more ADLs 33.6 2.5 40.1 5.5 34.7 4.3 31.3 4.7 * *
At least 1 IADL/ADL 28.7 1.1 39.0 2.7 31.1 1.9 25.3 1.8 17.1 2.2

a Full year community residents age 65 or older. Negative or poor refers to 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.

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

Key: API: Asian or Pacific Islander; AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; MSA: Metropolitan Statistical Area; IADLs: Instrumental activities of daily living; ADLs: Activities of daily living; SE: Standard error.

Source: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.

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