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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 161C_d
Adults who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, 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   16.8 0.4 17.6 0.8 15.3 0.6 17.4 0.5
Age 18-44 21.5 0.6 24.9 1.5 19.3 1.1 21.7 0.9
45-64 15.3 0.6 16.5 1.4 14.9 0.9 15.3 0.7
65 and over 8.5 0.6 9.6 1.1 8.1 1.0 7.9 1.1
Gender Male 15.9 0.6 18.7 1.4 14.9 1.0 15.5 0.8
Female 17.4 0.5 16.8 0.9 15.6 0.7 18.9 0.7
Race White, single race 15.9 0.4 17.0 0.8 14.4 0.6 16.4 0.6
Black, single race 20.0 1.0 21.0 2.5 18.0 1.8 20.9 1.8
Asian, single race 30.7 2.5 * * * * 31.7 3.1
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race 14.2 3.3 * * * * * *
Multiple races 21.5 3.8 * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 16.0 0.4 15.7 0.9 14.6 0.7 16.9 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 14.9 0.4 14.5 1.0 13.7 0.7 15.7 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 19.7 1.0 19.9 2.4 17.8 1.8 21.0 1.8
Hispanic (all races) 24.7 1.2 25.0 1.8 23.2 2.3 25.5 2.4
Family incomeb Negative or poor 20.2 1.2 19.6 1.5 19.2 1.8 22.3 2.7
Near poor/low 17.3 0.8 15.5 1.3 17.3 1.4 19.4 1.6
Middle 17.0 0.7 18.9 1.6 14.4 1.1 18.4 1.0
High 15.8 0.6 16.7 2.0 14.3 1.1 16.3 0.7
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 17.7 0.5 17.6 1.3 15.5 0.9 18.8 0.6
Public only 21.7 1.3 24.0 2.0 22.8 2.1 14.9 2.4
Uninsured 26.3 1.5 31.7 2.9 26.0 2.3 22.4 2.4
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 10.5 1.3 9.3 1.8 11.8 2.3 10.6 2.6
Medicare and private 7.7 0.7 10.8 1.9 6.9 1.2 6.6 1.1
Medicare and other public 8.2 1.4 7.6 1.6 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 18.6 0.6 20.0 1.3 17.0 1.1 19.1 0.7
Metropolitan-small 15.1 0.7 16.2 1.5 14.1 1.0 15.4 1.0
Micropolitan 14.0 0.9 13.4 1.6 14.5 1.5 13.9 1.6
Noncore-adjacent 14.4 1.6 15.1 3.3 12.4 2.4 16.3 3.9
Noncore-not adjacent 11.6 2.0 * * 8.2 2.1 * *
Preferred language English 15.9 0.4 15.8 0.9 14.7 0.6 16.6 0.5
Other 27.6 1.7 25.3 1.9 25.6 3.5 31.8 3.0
Born in U.S. Yes 15.7 0.4 16.0 0.9 14.4 0.6 16.5 0.6
No 24.9 1.2 24.3 1.9 25.6 2.5 25.1 1.9

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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