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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 161A_c
Adults who can always get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, 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   46.0 0.6 48.5 1.5 48.6 1.3 47.4 0.9 43.8 0.9
Age 18-44 40.7 0.8 41.4 1.8 40.5 1.7 42.7 1.2 39.1 1.2
45-64 46.4 0.9 50.2 2.9 48.4 2.2 47.4 1.6 45.0 1.2
65 and over 57.9 1.2 62.6 2.8 59.3 2.4 60.1 2.1 53.6 2.0
Gender Male 46.8 0.8 46.6 2.3 44.7 2.2 47.1 1.3 47.1 1.1
Female 45.5 0.6 49.5 1.6 50.6 1.4 47.7 1.1 40.9 1.1
Race White, single race 45.9 0.6 46.5 1.6 48.2 1.5 47.3 0.9 44.2 0.9
Black, single race 51.0 1.4 56.1 3.1 54.6 2.7 50.9 2.7 45.0 2.6
Asian, single race 36.5 2.8 * * * * 38.6 5.2 35.6 3.9
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race 48.4 6.3 * * * * * * * *
Multiple races 42.8 4.1 * * * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 46.1 0.6 48.5 1.7 49.2 1.4 47.6 0.9 43.8 0.9
Non-Hispanic, White 45.9 0.7 45.6 1.9 48.7 1.7 47.4 1.0 44.3 1.0
Non-Hispanic, Black 51.5 1.5 57.3 3.1 54.6 2.7 51.4 2.7 45.3 2.7
Hispanic (all races) 45.5 1.5 48.5 2.8 45.4 2.5 45.9 2.8 42.9 3.2
Educationb Less than high school graduate 50.1 1.1 54.6 2.1 51.1 1.9 49.1 1.8 44.8 2.5
High school graduate 49.8 0.9 48.4 2.3 52.7 2.0 50.5 1.3 48.1 1.6
At least some college 42.2 0.8 39.2 2.9 41.2 2.2 43.5 1.2 42.1 1.0
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 42.8 0.7 36.7 3.3 45.0 1.9 44.0 1.0 42.1 1.0
Public only 48.2 1.4 49.5 2.1 43.9 2.7 53.0 4.4 * *
Uninsured 41.8 1.9 44.2 3.6 38.3 3.2 44.1 3.7 41.4 4.9
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 57.2 2.0 65.8 5.6 56.0 3.8 62.3 3.5 48.0 4.6
Medicare and private 57.7 1.6 60.6 4.8 60.9 3.7 58.4 2.8 55.1 2.4
Medicare and other public 61.9 2.9 62.2 4.4 62.6 4.9 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 44.3 0.9 49.9 2.1 47.6 1.9 45.3 1.1 41.9 1.2
Metropolitan-small 46.8 1.0 46.3 2.4 48.2 2.2 47.8 1.8 45.6 1.7
Micropolitan 49.8 1.5 46.2 3.7 53.3 3.6 51.5 2.2 47.7 2.8
Noncore-adjacent 49.8 2.8 57.2 5.8 47.1 5.5 56.0 3.8 41.3 5.8
Noncore-not adjacent 55.5 2.3 * * * * * * * *
Preferred language English 46.2 0.6 47.3 1.6 49.3 1.4 47.6 0.9 44.1 0.9
Other 44.7 1.9 55.9 3.5 44.3 2.6 45.4 3.5 37.6 4.3
Born in U.S. Yes 46.5 0.6 47.7 1.6 49.3 1.4 47.5 0.9 44.8 0.9
No 42.5 1.5 53.1 3.5 45.2 2.7 46.5 2.8 35.0 2.7

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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