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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2006

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Table 211d
Adults without problems getting referral to a specialist in the past year, by education,a United States, 2003
    Total Less than high school High school graduate At least some college
Population group Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total 73.0 0.7 67.0 1.7 74.9 1.2 73.7 0.9
Age 18-44 67.2 1.2 55.5 3.0 66.3 2.2 70.3 1.7
45-64 72.1 1.1 60.8 2.9 76.0 1.9 72.2 1.3
65 and over 83.4 1.1 81.2 2.2 84.2 2.0 84.0 1.7
Gender Male 71.8 1.1 64.2 2.7 72.0 2.0 73.8 1.4
Female 73.9 0.8 69.0 2.1 77.0 1.4 73.6 1.1
Race White, single race 74.2 0.7 68.6 1.9 76.3 1.4 74.5 1.0
Black, single race 68.2 2.1 60.4 4.3 67.0 3.8 72.1 2.6
Asian, single race 59.9 4.7 * * * * 60.6 6.0
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race * * * * * * * *
Multiple races * * * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 74.1 0.7 69.5 2.0 76.2 1.3 74.2 1.0
Non-Hispanic, White 75.6 0.8 72.1 2.2 77.9 1.4 75.1 1.0
Non-Hispanic, Black 68.4 2.0 60.7 4.2 67.6 3.5 72.2 2.7
Hispanic, all races 60.1 2.3 56.8 2.7 59.0 4.3 64.5 4.0
Family incomeb Negative/poor 63.5 1.9 58.7 2.8 69.6 3.6 62.5 3.9
Near poor/low 71.5 1.8 67.5 2.8 74.5 2.6 71.9 3.5
Middle 73.7 1.2 73.4 3.0 74.7 2.0 73.1 1.7
High 74.9 1.0 65.3 5.4 76.7 2.0 75.0 1.2
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 72.8 0.9 66.6 3.3 75.5 1.6 72.4 1.1
Public only 61.2 2.4 60.8 3.3 65.7 3.8 56.1 5.5
Uninsured 48.9 2.7 33.3 3.7 48.4 4.3 64.2 4.9
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 84.0 2.2 86.1 3.3 82.1 3.9 83.9 3.7
Medicare and private 85.5 1.4 80.1 3.4 87.3 2.6 86.4 1.9
Medicare and other public 68.3 4.3 78.0 4.2 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 70.3 1.0 63.4 2.7 72.0 1.8 71.1 1.3
Metropolitan-small 76.2 1.3 70.1 3.0 78.8 2.2 76.7 1.5
Micropolitan 76.6 1.5 70.8 3.6 74.5 3.0 80.5 1.9
Noncore-adjacent 77.2 2.1 73.1 4.0 * * * *
Noncore-not adjacent 72.1 5.4 * * * * * *
Preferred language English 74.7 0.7 70.0 1.9 76.3 1.2 75.1 0.9
Other 50.7 2.8 53.1 3.6 52.2 5.3 47.5 4.9
Born in U.S. Yes 75.0 0.7 70.5 1.9 76.4 1.3 75.4 1.0
No 58.5 2.1 53.0 3.4 59.3 4.2 60.9 3.1

a Less than high school 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/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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