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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.5b: National Waiting Time, 1998-1999

Percent emergent/urgent ED visits with waiting time to see the physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1998-1999
     
Population group Percent Standard error
     
Total 11.48 0.59
Age
0-17 11.37 0.87
18-44 12.36 0.71
45-64 11.85 0.85
65 and over 9.34 0.75
Gender
Female 11.58 0.64
Male 11.35 0.66
Race
White 11.05 0.63
Black 13.43 0.90
Asian/Pacific 10.18 1.89
American Indian DSU DSU
Payment source
Private 11.43 0.66
Medicare 9.41 0.75
Medicaid 12.03 0.93
Uninsured 12.94 0.98
Unknown 12.54 2.05
Location
MSA 13.48 0.70
Non-MSA 6.67 0.90

The NHAMCS ED question is "Immediacy With Which Patient Should Be Seen"

1) Unknown/no triage  (Excluded from the analysis)

2) Less than 15 minutes (Emergent)

3) 15-60 minutes  (Urgent)

4) > 1 hour - 2 hours  (Semi-urgent)

5) > 2 hours - 24 hours (Non-urgent)

Percentages presented in this table are based on the total number of visits for the variable of interest. For example, total percent is the percent of total ED visits where the waiting time for emergent or urgent care ED visits was one hour or more.  All percentages were calculated using the weighted numbers.

"Race" excludes multiple race.

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

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

Table 3.5a: National Waiting Time, 1999-2000 Table 3.5c: National Waiting Time, 1997-1998

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