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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Percent of persons who report that they can get care for illness or injury as soon as they wanted (always, usually, sometimes/never).

Measure Source

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

National Tables

3.4a Among adults age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2000.

3.4b Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2000.

National Data Source

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

National Denominator

Persons who had an illness or injury that needed care right away from doctor’s office, clinic, or emergency room and also answered the question of "In the last 12 months, when you needed care right away for an illness or injury, how often did you get care as soon as you wanted?" Nonresponses and "don’t know" responses are excluded.

National Numerator

Subset of the denominator population in three categories according to their answer to the above question: 1), "Always", 2), "Usually", 3), "Sometimes" or "Never".

State Tables

3.4c Percent of persons who report that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted (always, usually, sometimes/never), adult Medicaid, by state, 2002.

3.4d Percent of persons who report that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted (always, usually, sometimes/never), child Medicaid, by state, 2002.

3.4e Percent of persons who report that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted (always, usually, sometimes/never), Medicare fee for service (FFS), by state, 2002.

3.4f Percent of persons who report that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted (always, usually, sometimes/never), Medicare managed care, by state, 2002.

State Data Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, National CAHPS Benchmarking Database.

State Denominator

Persons who reported having an illness or injury that needed immediate attention; respondents who answered "Yes" to the question "In the last 12 months, did you have an illness or injury that needed care right away from a doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room?"

State Numerator

Subset of denominator who answered "Always" to the question "In the last 12 months, when you needed care right away for an illness or injury, how often did you get care as soon as you wanted?"

Comments

Table 3.4a reports data from the MEPS 2000 Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ). See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information on the SAQ.

Table 3.4b reports data from the MEPS 2000 Parent Administered Questionnaire (PAQ). See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information on the PAQ.

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