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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Percent of persons who report that they can get an appointment for routine care 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

3.3a Among persons age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2000.

3.3b Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for routine health care 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 made appointment for regular or routine health care and answered the question of "In the last 12 months, how often did you get an appointment for regular or routine health care as soon as you wanted?" Nonresponses, as well as "Don't know" responses, were excluded.

National Numerator

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

State Tables

3.3c Percent of persons who report that they can always get an appointment for routine care as soon as they wanted, adult Medicaid, by state, 2002.

3.3d Percent of persons who report that they can always get an appointment for routine care as soon as they wanted, child Medicaid, by state, 2002.

3.3e Percent of persons who report that they can always get an appointment for routine care as soon as they wanted, Medicare fee for service (FFS), by state, 2002.

3.3f Percent of persons who report that they can always get an appointment for routine care as soon as they wanted, 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

Respondents who answered "Yes" to the question "In the last 12 months did you make any appointments with a doctor or other health care provider for regular or routine health care?"

State Numerator

Subset of the denominator population answered "Always" to the question "In the last 12 months, how often did you get an appointment for regular or routine health care as soon as you wanted?"

Table 3.3a 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 3.3b 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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