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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 163B_c
Adults who can usually get care for illness or injury 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 Total 27.0 0.7 26.1 1.5 27.1 1.3 27.4 1.2 27.0 1.2
Age 18-44 28.3 1.0 25.9 2.1 29.4 2.1 28.0 1.6 28.9 1.7
45-64 28.1 1.1 29.6 2.9 28.8 2.9 31.5 2.2 25.7 1.6
65 and over 22.0 1.4 20.5 3.2 22.1 2.4 19.3 2.2 25.1 2.9
Gender Male 26.9 0.9 24.2 2.8 30.0 2.7 27.1 1.6 26.0 1.6
Female 27.2 0.8 26.9 1.8 25.4 1.6 27.7 1.5 27.9 1.5
Race White, single race 27.0 0.8 26.9 1.8 26.8 1.6 27.9 1.3 26.4 1.3
Black, single race 24.5 1.5 21.9 2.5 26.0 3.0 20.2 2.5 30.7 3.6
Asian, single race 34.0 4.5 * * * * * * * *
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race * * * * * * * * * *
Multiple races 33.9 5.3 * * * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 26.8 0.7 27.8 1.7 26.7 1.5 26.6 1.2 26.7 1.2
Non-Hispanic, White 26.6 0.8 29.4 2.2 26.1 1.8 27.0 1.4 25.9 1.3
Non-Hispanic, Black 24.6 1.5 22.3 2.6 25.7 3.0 19.9 2.5 31.3 3.7
Hispanic (all races) 29.1 1.7 18.0 2.4 29.5 3.2 33.5 3.3 33.3 4.4
Educationb Less than high school graduate 25.6 1.3 23.2 2.2 25.6 2.1 25.1 2.2 29.7 3.5
High school graduate 28.0 1.2 30.6 2.7 25.0 2.5 27.8 2.1 29.0 2.2
At least some college 27.0 1.1 23.5 3.5 31.7 2.7 28.0 2.0 25.9 1.5
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 28.4 0.9 34.2 4.0 28.8 2.0 28.8 1.4 27.6 1.3
Public only 29.3 1.7 28.7 2.4 30.2 3.0 30.7 5.3 * *
Uninsured 26.1 1.7 18.0 2.8 29.0 3.2 32.0 3.7 * *
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 25.5 2.8 * * 29.4 4.6 22.0 4.4 * *
Medicare and private 20.8 1.9 * * 18.8 3.8 18.1 2.9 25.0 3.2
Medicare and other public 18.5 2.7 * * 16.0 4.3 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 27.5 0.9 27.1 2.2 28.2 2.0 27.9 1.6 26.9 1.5
Metropolitan-small 27.0 1.4 25.8 3.0 26.5 2.7 27.9 2.1 26.8 2.3
Micropolitan 26.0 1.5 27.0 3.0 24.8 3.2 24.9 2.6 27.5 3.0
Noncore-adjacent 24.2 2.5 * * 24.5 3.9 23.3 3.5 * *
Noncore-not adjacent 29.9 5.0 * * * * * * * *
Preferred language English 27.0 0.7 27.2 1.6 27.2 1.5 27.6 1.2 26.4 1.2
Other 27.0 2.1 18.3 2.8 26.5 3.6 25.0 3.5 39.4 6.2
Born in U.S. Yes 26.8 0.7 26.9 1.7 26.8 1.4 27.3 1.2 26.5 1.2
No 28.5 1.8 21.3 3.2 29.1 3.4 28.3 3.3 31.9 3.9

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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