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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2006

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Table 175C_c
Adults who can sometimes or never get appointments for routine care as soon as wanted, by family income,a United States, 2003
    Total Negative/poor Near poor/low Middle High
Population group Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total 15.1 0.4 21.7 1.3 16.4 1.0 15.3 0.8 13.2 0.6
Age 18-44 19.3 0.7 26.1 2.0 24.4 1.6 18.7 1.2 16.6 1.1
45-64 14.1 0.7 22.1 2.6 16.0 2.1 14.6 1.3 12.6 0.8
65 and over 7.0 0.6 11.2 2.1 7.2 1.2 7.9 1.2 4.9 0.9
Gender Male 15.4 0.7 25.0 2.3 18.3 1.7 15.4 1.3 13.4 0.8
Female 14.8 0.5 20.1 1.4 15.4 1.0 15.2 0.9 13.1 0.8
Race White, single race 14.2 0.5 19.6 1.6 14.8 1.0 14.7 0.8 12.8 0.6
Black, single race 17.9 1.4 27.1 2.8 21.1 3.1 16.4 2.7 11.7 2.1
Asian, single race 27.4 2.7 * * * * 28.7 5.1 24.1 3.3
NHOPI, single race * * * * * * * * * *
AI/AN, single race * * * * * * * * * *
Multiple races 15.6 2.9 * * * * * * * *
Ethnicity Non-Hispanic, all races 14.5 0.5 21.5 1.5 15.4 1.0 14.7 0.8 13.0 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 13.5 0.5 19.0 1.9 13.3 1.1 14.0 0.8 12.6 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 17.8 1.5 26.9 2.8 20.6 3.1 16.8 2.7 11.6 2.1
Hispanic, all races 20.7 1.2 22.4 2.3 23.2 2.4 20.5 2.3 17.4 2.5
Educationb Less than high school 17.2 1.0 22.1 1.6 18.0 1.8 16.9 2.0 10.7 1.9
High school graduate 13.0 0.7 22.8 2.7 13.6 1.4 13.1 1.1 10.1 1.1
At least some college 15.6 0.6 20.2 2.5 18.5 1.8 16.3 1.1 14.5 0.7
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 15.8 0.6 23.4 3.0 17.2 1.6 17.0 1.0 14.5 0.7
Public only 21.2 1.4 23.0 2.1 21.6 2.5 16.8 3.2 * *
Uninsured 24.6 1.6 30.4 3.6 33.3 3.2 19.3 3.1 15.8 3.0
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 7.0 1.1 * * 7.1 1.8 * * * *
Medicare and private 5.6 0.7 * * * * 7.8 1.4 3.7 0.8
Medicare and other public 14.0 2.4 14.8 3.4 10.5 3.0 * * * *
Residence locationc Metropolitan-large 16.2 0.6 23.6 2.0 18.6 1.4 16.6 1.3 14.2 0.8
Metropolitan-small 14.7 0.8 20.9 2.4 14.8 1.9 15.4 1.2 12.9 1.2
Micropolitan 12.4 1.2 20.2 4.0 13.5 2.5 11.6 1.4 10.6 1.9
Noncore-adjacent 12.5 1.4 15.9 4.0 14.7 3.3 13.4 2.5 * *
Noncore-not adjacent 8.9 2.1 * * * * * * * *
Preferred language English 14.4 0.4 21.1 1.4 15.4 1.0 14.6 0.8 12.8 0.6
Other 23.9 1.6 25.6 2.9 22.4 2.8 24.4 3.0 24.3 3.3
Born in U.S. Yes 14.1 0.5 21.3 1.5 15.4 1.0 14.3 0.8 12.4 0.6
No 21.6 1.3 23.6 2.8 21.4 2.5 22.7 2.4 20.3 2.1

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 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: 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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