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Table 217b
People with prescription medication, by ethnicity, United States, 2003
        Non-Hispanic Hispanic, all races
    Total All races White Black
Population group Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total 64.4 0.4 67.1 0.5 70.1 0.5 56.9 0.9 47.8 0.9
Age 0-17 53.2 0.8 55.2 1.0 59.2 1.1 44.6 1.7 44.9 1.3
18-44 56.5 0.6 59.6 0.6 62.3 0.7 51.6 1.5 40.8 1.1
45-64 74.5 0.7 75.7 0.7 77.0 0.7 72.8 1.9 62.5 2.0
65 and over 91.0 0.6 91.5 0.7 92.3 0.7 86.8 2.0 84.1 2.0
Gender Male 56.7 0.6 59.6 0.6 62.3 0.7 48.5 1.3 40.4 1.0
Female 71.7 0.5 74.2 0.5 77.6 0.6 64.1 1.2 55.6 1.1
Family incomea Negative/poor 59.4 1.0 63.2 1.1 68.9 1.4 54.1 1.8 48.1 1.4
Near poor/low 61.4 0.9 66.9 1.0 70.9 1.1 58.0 1.6 42.7 1.3
Middle 62.9 0.7 65.1 0.7 68.2 0.8 54.1 2.1 48.9 1.5
High 68.7 0.7 69.6 0.7 71.4 0.8 62.7 2.2 54.5 2.4
Educationb Less than high school 64.2 0.9 70.7 1.0 73.2 1.2 64.2 2.0 46.7 1.5
High school graduate 68.1 0.6 70.3 0.7 72.8 0.8 59.4 1.6 49.7 1.8
At least some college 70.0 0.6 71.2 0.7 73.5 0.7 64.9 2.1 53.8 1.9
Health insurance, under age 65 Any private 64.5 0.5 65.9 0.6 68.2 0.6 57.1 1.5 51.9 1.3
Public only 63.2 0.9 65.7 1.1 71.0 1.4 59.2 1.7 56.4 1.4
Uninsured 36.7 1.1 41.7 1.4 45.5 1.6 31.4 2.0 25.6 1.3
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 89.0 1.1 89.2 1.1 90.1 1.2 82.9 3.4 86.0 3.6
Medicare and private 92.9 0.7 93.0 0.7 93.5 0.8 86.7 3.2 * *
Medicare and other public 91.0 1.5 92.4 1.7 93.1 2.2 93.5 2.0 84.8 3.1
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 60.8 0.6 64.3 0.6 68.0 0.7 55.8 1.2 45.0 1.0
Metropolitan-small 68.1 0.7 69.5 0.8 71.9 0.9 58.5 1.6 55.8 1.8
Micropolitan 70.1 0.9 71.8 0.9 73.3 0.9 59.3 4.4 49.4 4.0
Noncore-adjacent 67.6 1.5 69.3 1.6 70.1 1.7 65.2 3.8 51.4 3.5
Noncore-not adjacent 70.8 2.1 71.3 2.1 71.9 2.0 * * * *
CSHCN Yes 83.6 1.1 84.6 1.2 86.7 1.4 76.0 2.7 77.8 2.2
No 46.3 0.9 48.0 1.1 52.2 1.3 36.8 1.8 39.8 1.4
Preferred language English 67.2 0.4 68.1 0.5 70.5 0.5 57.7 1.0 55.2 1.3
Other 45.2 1.0 50.5 1.8 57.3 3.4 34.0 5.3 42.5 1.1
Born in U.S. Yes 66.6 0.4 68.1 0.5 70.5 0.5 58.1 1.0 51.8 1.1
No 51.2 1.0 58.0 1.4 65.8 2.2 46.4 3.6 43.1 1.3

a 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.

b Persons age 18 and over. 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.

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: CSHCN: children with special health care needs; 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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