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Table 2.23b: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 1996

Percent of persons with a usual source of care (USC) who reported that their USC usually asked about prescription medications and treatments from other doctors, United States, 1996
         
Population group Population total Number with USC Percent askedc Standard error
         
Total 268,905,490 221,487,782 77.77 0.66
         
Race
White 220,429,963 183,025,594 77.12 0.74
Black 35,152,905 27,729,146 81.58 1.40
Asian/Pacific Islander 9,682,888 7,764,826 78.32 3.50
Aleut/Eskimo/American Indian 3,639,734 2,968,216 79.93 3.38
         
Hispanic ethnicity
Hispanic 29,979,089 20,717,858 80.93 1.36
Non-Hispanic 238,926,401 200,769,924 77.44 0.70
         
Ethnicity
Non-Hispanic, White 193,708,205 164,853,959 76.59 0.78
Non-Hispanic, Black 33,667,976 26,651,320 82.02 1.39
Non-Hispanic, Other 11,550,220 9,264,645 79.02 3.03
         
Gender
Male 131,526,593 103,634,271 78.36 0.73
Female 137,378,897 117,853,511 77.27 0.75
         
Age
0-17 71,495,432 65,353,603 75.36 1.05
18-44 109,148,530 80,117,521 79.47 0.74
45-64 54,211,712 46,240,830 80.49 1.02
65 and over 34,049,815 29,775,829 74.42 1.47
         
Educationa
Less than high school (<12 years of school) 39,778,699 29,456,093 77.89 1.24
High school graduate (12 years of school) 67,340,948 53,659,522 78.02 0.97
At least some college (>12 years of school) 90,040,777 72,913,137 79.75 0.77
         
Employment statusb
Employed 130,958,106 100,897,578 79.56 0.70
Not employed 32,303,503 25,448,897 80.98 1.07
         
Insurance
Age 18-64        
  Any private 174,230,511 148,952,231 77.40 0.80
  Public only 27,844,711 23,562,139 79.76 1.66
  Uninsured 32,780,453 19,197,584 83.38 1.30
Age 65 and over        
  Medicare only 7,535,044 6,179,902 74.63 2.46
  Medicare and private 22,584,622 20,374,087 74.22 1.82
  Medicare and other public 3,554,625 3,001,159 76.19 3.58
  No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU
         
Family income
Negative or poor (<100% of poverty level) 38,298,345 29,400,916 78.25 1.52
Near poor/low income (100-<200% of poverty level) 53,405,643 41,441,462 78.87 1.25
Middle income (200-<400% of poverty level) 88,262,186 73,594,510 77.08 1.19
High income (>=400% of poverty level) 88,939,315 77,050,893 77.66 1.04
         
MSA status
MSA 213,820,015 176,362,215 78.20 0.69
Non-MSA 52,443,095 44,849,179 76.13 1.81
         
Perceived health status
Excellent/very good/good 239,088,073 196,981,894 77.63 0.69
Fair/poor 28,124,595 24,505,888 78.95 1.31
         

a Persons 18+ with unknown education status not included.

b Employment status for persons 18-64 only.

c For all vaules, RSE < 30.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

Table 2.23a: National Patient Safety - Prescribing Medications, 2000 Table 3.1a: National Basic Timeliness, 2000

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