Skip Navigation U.S. Department of Health and Human Services www.hhs.gov
Agency for Healthcare Research Quality www.ahrq.gov
Archive print banner
2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

This information is for reference purposes only. It was current when produced and may now be outdated. Archive material is no longer maintained, and some links may not work. Persons with disabilities having difficulty accessing this information should contact us at: https://info.ahrq.gov. Let us know the nature of the problem, the Web address of what you want, and your contact information.

Please go to www.ahrq.gov for current information.

Table 2.38: 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, 2000 and 2001

  2001     2000    
      Asked     Asked
Population group Total population (in thousands)f Percent with USCg Percent Standard error Total population (in thousands)f Percent with USCg Percent Standard error
                 
Total 284,247 81.6 77.6 0.6 278,406 81.6 81.7 0.9
                 
Race                
    White 233,933 82.0 76.9 0.7 229,216 82.6 81.1 0.9
    Black 35,948 80.2 82.7 1.3 36,849 77.4 85.0 1.7
    Asian or Pacific Islander 11,656 78.6 77.6 3.8 9,927 74.6 85.8 3.4
    American Indian or Alaska Native 2,710 79.5 71.2 4.3 2,413 82.4 81.1 4.2
                 
Race/ethnicity                
    Hispanic 37,685 68.9 84.3 1.0 33,955 69.5 86.0 1.1
    Non-Hispanic 246,562 83.5 76.7 0.7 244,450 83.3 81.2 1.0
      White 198,174 84.4 75.7 0.7 198,164 84.6 80.4 1.0
      Black 34,987 80.3 82.8 1.3 35,049 77.9 85.0 1.7
      Other 13,402 79.36 76.8 3.4 11,237 76.6 84.9 3.1
                 
Gender                
    Male 138,631 78.0 77.6 0.7 135,882 78.0 81.9 1.0
    Female 145,616 85.0 77.6 0.7 142,524 85.2 81.6 0.8
                 
Age                
    0-17 72,936 89.6 76.0 0.9 72,531 90.8 80.1 1.2
    18-44 110,007 70.5 79.4 0.8 109,025 70.1 83.5 0.9
    45-64 65,469 85.2 78.8 0.8 62,067 84.9 82.1 1.1
    65 and over 35,835 93.6 74.5 1.2 34,782 93.4 80.5 1.4
                 
Educationa                
    Less than high school 44,581 75.1 79.6 0.9 43,671 75.7 83.3 1.2
    High school graduate 69,603 78.8 76.1 1.0 66,819 78.1 81.1 1.3
    At least some college 95,748 80.7 79.1 0.7 93,763 80.0 82.8 0.8
                 
Employment statusb
    Employed 141,230 75.4 78.8 0.7 138,298 74.6 82.7 0.9
    Not employed 34,229 78.2 80.6 1.0 32,751 79.1 83.7 1.0
                 
Insurance                
    Age under 65                
      Any private 184,695 84.1 77.4 0.8 182,658 83.6 81.4 1.0
      Public only 30,712.0 84.1 80.3 1.5 28,622. 85.8 82.8 1.6
      Uninsured 33,005.0 52.2 81.5 1.4 32,344 54.0 85.5 1.3
    Age 65 and over                
      Medicare only 11,420 93.1 74.4 1.8 11,515 91.4 83.2 1.7
      Medicare and private 20,347 94.9 74.2 1.4 19,279 94.7 78.5 2.1
      Medicare and other public 3,763 89.1 77.8 3.1 3,568 93.3 82.7 2.5
      No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Family incomec                
    Negative or poor 33,713 75.2 77.9 1.5 32,053 79.7 82.4 1.8
    Near poor/low 52,465 77.3 78.6 1.1 49,255 76.9 82.0 1.6
    Middle 89,901 81.9 76.6 0.9 90,343 81.5 82.2 1.1
    High 108,168 85.4 77.8 0.9 106,754 84.4 81.1 1.0
                 
Residence locationd                
    Metropolitan-large 158,420 79.8 77.5 1.0 157,794 79.6 81.8 1.1
    Metropolitan-small 78,869 83.7 77.5 1.1 72,434 83.6 82.4 1.5
    Micropolitan 30,058 84.0 80.0 1.2 28,633 85.4 82.6 2.2
    Noncore-adjacent 11,720 83.2 75.1 2.5 14,253 84.4 75.1 4.9
    Noncore-rural 5,181 87.1 72.7 3.9 5,292 85.6 85.8 6.5
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 254,258 80.9 77.3 0.7 249,310 81.0 81.7 0.9
    Fair or poor 29,621 87.7 79.8 1.0 28,386 87.6 82.1 1.3
                 
CSHCNe                
    Yes 13,880 94.6 78.5 1.5 10,993 93.6 81.0 1.8
    No 58,520 88.2 75.4 1.0 55,003 90.7 79.5 1.2
                 

a "Less than high school" refers to fewer than 12 years of education; "high school graduate", 12 years of education; and "at least some college", more than 12 years of education.

b Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

c "Negative or poor" refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; "near poor/low income", over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; "middle income", 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and "high income", 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

dSee the MEPS entry in the Data Sources section of the Measures Specifications Appendix for more information.

eCSHCN: children with special healthcare needs.

fNumbers may not add to Total due to missing or rounding.

gPercent with usual source of care, excluding missing values.

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.

 

The information on this page is archived and provided for reference purposes only.

 

AHRQ Advancing Excellence in Health Care