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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 163C_d
Adults who can sometimes or never get care for illness or injury 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   15.3 0.5 22.1 1.1 13.2 0.8 13.3 0.7
Age 18-44 19.4 0.8 30.4 1.8 17.6 1.4 15.4 1.0
45-64 13.4 0.8 18.8 1.9 11.3 1.1 12.9 1.2
65 and over 8.4 0.8 12.2 1.6 5.6 1.1 7.0 1.4
Gender Male 15.8 0.8 23.9 2.0 13.4 1.4 13.1 1.2
Female 14.9 0.6 20.6 1.3 13.1 0.9 13.5 1.0
Race White, single race 14.5 0.5 22.1 1.3 11.7 0.9 12.7 0.8
Black, single race 19.1 1.6 21.8 2.9 21.2 2.8 14.8 2.4
Asian, single race 23.5 3.7 * * * * * *
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race * * * * * * * *
Multiple races 15.8 3.6 * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 14.0 0.5 19.6 1.4 12.2 0.8 12.9 0.8
Non-Hispanic, White 12.8 0.6 19.0 1.6 10.5 0.9 12.1 0.8
Non-Hispanic, Black 19.0 1.6 21.2 3.0 21.0 2.8 15.1 2.4
Hispanic (all races) 25.9 1.7 31.6 2.3 23.5 3.2 19.4 2.9
Family incomeb Negative or poor 23.0 1.3 25.0 2.0 19.0 2.3 25.6 3.7
Near poor/low 20.4 1.1 25.7 2.2 16.6 1.8 17.6 2.3
Middle 15.9 0.9 23.0 2.1 12.3 1.3 15.3 1.4
High 9.8 0.7 9.1 2.3 9.4 1.3 10.1 0.9
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 13.7 0.6 21.3 1.8 11.5 1.0 13.0 0.9
Public only 20.1 1.4 22.7 2.3 16.3 2.2 21.4 3.9
Uninsured 32.8 1.8 41.9 3.2 33.2 3.5 23.0 3.5
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 8.9 1.8 11.4 2.7 * * * *
Medicare and private 6.4 1.0 11.4 2.5 5.3 1.4 * *
Medicare and other public 16.7 2.9 14.9 3.7 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 16.2 0.8 23.5 1.8 15.0 1.3 13.9 1.0
Metropolitan-small 14.6 0.8 21.6 2.0 13.1 1.6 11.8 1.1
Micropolitan 14.2 1.3 20.7 2.4 9.8 1.6 13.7 2.0
Noncore-adjacent 15.8 2.4 19.8 3.3 10.0 2.4 * *
Noncore-not adjacent * * * * * * * *
Preferred language English 14.2 0.5 20.2 1.3 12.8 0.8 12.6 0.7
Other 26.7 1.9 30.8 2.3 21.5 3.6 23.5 3.6
Born in U.S. Yes 14.1 0.5 20.0 1.3 12.4 0.9 12.6 0.8
No 24.1 1.7 31.0 2.3 22.5 3.1 19.0 2.8

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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