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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2007

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Table 208
Percent of adults in each health literacy level,a United States, 2003
Population group Below basic Basic Intermediate Proficient
Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE Percent SE
Total   14 0.5 22 0.4 53 0.6 12 0.5
Age 16-18 11 2.0 23 2.3 58 2.9 8 2.0
19-24 10 1.2 21 1.2 58 1.7 11 1.4
25-39 10 0.6 18 0.6 55 0.9 16 0.9
40-49 11 0.9 21 0.9 56 1.2 12 1.0
50-64 13 0.9 21 0.7 53 1.1 12 0.9
65 and over 29 1.4 30 0.8 38 1.3 3 0.5
Gender Male 16 0.6 22 0.4 51 0.7 11 0.5
Female 12 0.7 21 0.6 55 0.8 12 0.7
Race/ethnicityb White 9 0.6 19 0.7 58 0.9 14 0.9
Black 24 2.1 34 1.5 41 2.3 2 0.5
Hispanic, all races 41 1.7 25 0.6 31 1.2 4 0.4
API 13 2.1 18 1.6 52 2.4 18 2.5
AI/AN 25 5.4 23 2.8 45 5.2 7 2.9
Multiple races 9 3.7 28 4.7 59 6.1 3 2.3
Educational attainment Still in high school 13 2.7 24 2.5 56 3.5 7 2.2
Less than/some high school 49 1.6 27 0.8 23 1.2 1 0.2
GED/high school equivalency 14 2.4 30 2.8 54 3.6 3 1.2
High school graduate 15 1.4 29 1.4 53 1.9 4 0.7
Vocational/trade/business school 12 1.8 25 2.1 57 2.7 7 1.6
Some college 5 0.9 20 1.6 67 2.0 8 1.4
Associate's/2-year degree 4 0.9 15 1.7 66 2.2 15 2.3
College graduate 3 0.5 10 0.9 60 1.8 27 2.2
Graduate studies/degree 3 0.5 8 0.9 57 2.0 33 2.4
Self-assessment of overall health Excellent 8 0.6 17 0.7 57 1.0 19 1.1
Very good 9 0.7 19 0.7 59 0.9 13 0.9
Good 16 1.1 27 0.9 51 1.3 6 0.7
Fair 33 1.7 30 1.0 34 1.6 3 0.5
Poor 42 2.3 27 1.3 29 1.8 3 0.6
Type of health insurance Employer provided 7 0.5 17 0.6 62 0.9 14 0.9
Military 12 2.1 21 2.0 56 2.7 11 2.2
Privately purchased 13 1.2 24 1.2 54 1.6 9 1.2
Medicare 27 1.4 30 0.9 40 1.4 3 0.5
Medicaid 30 1.8 30 1.0 38 1.7 3 0.6
No insurance 28 1.3 25 0.6 41 1.1 7 0.5

a Estimates may not sum to total because of rounding. Adults are defined as people age 16 and over living in households or prisons. Adults who could not be interviewed because of language spoken or cognitive or mental disabilities (3 percent in 2003) are excluded.

b All adults of Hispanic origin are classified as Hispanic, regardless of race. The Asian/Pacific Islander category includes Native Hawaiians. Black includes African American, and Hispanic includes Latino.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; API: Asian or Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: U.S.Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2003 National Assessment of Adult Literacy.

 

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