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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2006

Timeliness

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Adults who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted
Children whose parents report that they sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted
Adults who can sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted
Children whose parents report that they sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted
Emergency department visits in which the patient left without being seen


Timeliness

Measure Title

Adults who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

175A. Adults who can always get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

175B. Adults who can usually get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

175C. Adults who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income
  • Education

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized adults age 18 and older who report that, during the previous 12 months, they had made an appointment with a doctor or other health provider for regular or routine health care.

Numerator

Percent distribution of the denominator population who can always (table 175A), usually (table 175B), or sometimes or never (table 175C), get the appointment for regular or routine health care as soon as they wanted.

Comments

This measure and its tables are also presented in the Access to Care section.

Tables report data from the MEPS 2003 Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ). See the MEPS entry in Appendix A: Data Sources for more information on the SAQ.

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Timeliness

Measure Title

Children whose parents report that they sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

176A. Children who can always get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

176B. Children who can usually get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

176C. Children who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized children under age 18 whose parents reported that, during the previous 12 months, they had made an appointment with a doctor or other health provider for regular or routine health care.

Numerator

Percent distribution of the denominator population who can always (table 176A), usually (table 176B), or sometimes or never (table 176C), get the appointment for regular or routine health care as soon as they wanted.

Comments

Tables report data from the MEPS 2003 Child Health and Preventive Care section. See the MEPS entry in Appendix A: Data Sources for more information on this component of MEPS.

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Timeliness

Measure Title

Adults who can sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

177A. Adults who can always get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

177B. Adults who can usually get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

177C. Adults who can sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income
  • Education

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized adults age 18 and older who reported that they, during the previous 12 months, had an illness or injury that needed care right away from a doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room.

Numerator

Percent distribution of the denominator population who can always (table 177A), usually (table 177B), or sometimes or never (table 177C), get the appointment for illness or injury care as soon as they wanted.

Comments

This measure and its tables are also presented in the Access to Care section.

Tables report data from the MEPS 2003 Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ). See the MEPS entry in Appendix A: Data Sources for more information on the SAQ.

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Timeliness

Measure Title

Children whose parents report that they sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted.

Measure Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends (CFACT), Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Tables

178A. Children who can always get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

178B. Children who can usually get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

178C. Children who can sometimes or never get care for illness or injury as soon as wanted, United States, 2003,

by

  • Race
  • Ethnicity
  • Family income

Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

Denominator

U.S. civilian noninstitutionalized children under age 18 whose parents reported that, during the previous 12 months, they had an illness or injury that needed care right away from a doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room.

Numerator

Percent distribution of the denominator population who can always (table 178A), usually (table 178B), or sometimes or never (table 178C), get the appointment for illness or injury care as soon as they wanted.

Comments

Tables report data from the MEPS 2003 Child Health and Preventive Care section. See the MEPS entry in Appendix A: Data Sources for more information on this component of MEPS.

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Timeliness

Measure Title

Emergency department visits in which the patient left without being seen.

Measure Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).

Table

179. Emergency department visits in which the patient left without being seen, United States, 2003-2004, by

  • Race

Data Source

CDC, NCHS, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS)—Emergency Department.

Denominator

Patients who visited hospital emergency departments (ED) located in the 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Numerator

Patients with a Visit Disposition of "Left before being seen" on the NHAMCS Emergency Department Patient Record Form.

Comments

This measure and its table are also presented in the Access to Care section.

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