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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 170A_c
Adults whose providers always explained things in a way they could understand, by family incomea, United States, 2002
Population group Total Negative/poor Near poor/low Middle High
Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total   58.0 0.6 57.0 1.4 56.8 1.3 58.1 0.9 58.6 0.8
Age 18-44 56.3 0.7 53.9 2.1 56.0 1.8 56.9 1.1 56.6 1.2
45-64 59.0 0.8 56.3 2.3 54.7 2.1 59.5 1.7 60.0 1.1
65 and over 60.1 1.2 65.6 2.5 59.2 2.2 58.9 1.9 60.2 1.8
Gender Male 57.6 0.8 54.1 2.3 54.9 2.1 57.5 1.3 59.0 1.1
Female 58.3 0.7 58.6 1.8 57.7 1.4 58.5 1.1 58.3 1.1
Race White, single race 57.7 0.6 54.4 1.7 56.1 1.4 57.6 1.0 58.8 0.9
Black, single race 64.2 1.3 65.1 2.6 65.0 2.9 64.1 2.7 63.1 3.0
Asian, single race 49.5 2.7 * * * * 53.0 6.0 49.1 4.1
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race 64.9 4.9 * * * * * * * *
Multiple races 48.8 4.4 * * * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 57.9 0.6 55.7 1.7 56.4 1.4 58.0 1.0 58.7 0.9
Non-Hispanic, White 57.5 0.6 51.9 2.0 55.5 1.6 57.4 1.0 58.9 0.9
Non-Hispanic, Black 64.0 1.4 64.9 2.7 64.6 2.9 64.1 2.6 62.8 3.1
Hispanic (all races) 59.5 1.3 63.4 2.3 59.0 2.7 58.9 2.2 57.9 3.1
Educationb Less than high school graduate 57.0 1.1 58.8 2.1 56.6 1.8 56.4 2.1 56.5 2.6
High school graduate 57.4 0.8 56.2 2.3 57.1 2.0 58.8 1.3 56.4 1.4
At least some college 58.7 0.8 55.4 2.9 56.3 2.3 57.9 1.4 59.7 1.0
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 57.6 0.6 49.2 3.1 56.3 1.9 57.7 1.1 58.3 0.9
Public only 59.9 1.5 60.4 2.3 58.9 2.7 63.3 4.3 * *
Uninsured 54.1 1.6 49.9 2.9 50.3 3.1 56.7 3.2 62.6 3.6
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 61.1 1.9 61.8 5.1 57.8 3.3 63.6 3.4 61.8 4.1
Medicare and private 59.2 1.5 64.7 3.8 61.2 3.2 55.8 2.3 59.6 2.2
Medicare and other public 62.3 2.9 70.4 3.5 55.3 4.7 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 57.4 0.7 59.3 1.7 58.6 1.9 57.1 1.2 56.9 1.1
Metropolitan-small 59.4 1.1 56.0 3.4 55.1 2.1 57.4 1.7 63.3 1.5
Micropolitan 58.7 1.7 52.8 3.2 55.9 3.3 63.1 2.5 58.1 2.8
Noncore-adjacent 55.3 2.4 64.0 5.3 55.1 4.5 60.6 4.9 45.3 5.2
Noncore-not adjacent 55.1 4.6 * * * * 58.3 4.4 * *
Preferred language English 58.2 0.6 55.7 1.6 56.8 1.4 58.1 0.9 59.2 0.9
Other 56.0 1.6 65.0 2.8 56.7 3.2 57.6 2.9 48.0 4.0
Born in U.S. Yes 58.4 0.6 56.3 1.6 57.1 1.4 58.1 0.9 59.3 0.9
No 55.6 1.4 61.0 2.8 54.7 3.1 57.8 2.8 52.6 2.5

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 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: 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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