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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.2a: Percent of families who reported experiencing difficulty in obtaining health care in the last 12 months by main reasons, United States, 2001

      Main reasons
      Couldn't afford Insurance related Other
Population groupa Total families (in thousands)f Percent experience difficultyg Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
                 
Total 118,796 11.6 57.8 1.6 18.8 1.3 23.5 1.3
                 
Race                
    White 99,735 11.6 58.1 1.8 19.2 1.5 22.7 1.4
    Black 14,275 10.7 56.9 4.2 14.8 3.0 28.2 3.4
    Asian or Pacific Islander DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
    American Indian or Alaska native DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Race/ethnicity                
    Hispanic 12,117 13.6 72.1 3.4 7.9 1.7 20.1 3.0
    Non-Hispanic 106,678 11.4 55.8 1.8 20.2 1.5 24.0 1.4
      White 88,263 11.4 56.0 2.0 20.9 1.7 23.1 1.5
      Black 13,966 10.5 56.2 4.3 15.0 3.0 28.8 3.6
      Other DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Gender                
    Male 61,425 10.3 53.2 2.4 19.9 1.8 26.9 2.0
    Female 57,370 12.9 61.7 2.0 17.8 1.7 20.5 1.6
                 
Age                
    0-17 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
    18-44 56,213 13.7 62.9 2.1 15.8 1.5 21.4 1.7
    45-64 38,796 12.0 54.7 2.4 22.2 2.2 23.2 2.1
    65 and over 23,631 5.8 39.1 4.9 24.6 4.2 36.3 4.5
                 
Educationb                
    Less than high school 23,110 14.4 73.1 2.7 11.0 1.8 15.9 2.1
    High school graduate 38,997 11.3 56.1 2.7 19.4 2.0 24.6 2.1
    At least some college 55,952 10.6 50.6 2.8 22.5 2.1 26.9 2.3
                 
Employment statusc                
    Employed 78,652 12.3 59.2 2.0 17.5 1.5 23.3 1.6
    Not employed 16,347 16.0 62.2 3.5 20.7 3.0 17.2 2.7
                 
Insurance                
    Age 16-64                
      Any private 72,666 9.5 45.6 2.4 24.7 2.0 29.7 2.1
      Public only 8,245 21.8 54.0 4.8 22.0 3.9 24.0 3.8
      Uninsured 14,252 25.8 89.3 1.8 3.8 1.1 6.8 1.4
    Age 65 and over                
      Medicare only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
      Medicare and private DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
      Medicare and other public DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
      No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Family incomed                
    Negative or poor 15,806 19.1 70.1 2.8 12.1 2.3 17.8 2.5
    Near poor/low income 22,329.0 17.0 70.4 2.8 14.6 2.2 15.0 2.0
    Middle income 36,649.0 11.0 57.1 2.7 20.7 2.3 22.2 2.3
    High income 44,012 6.7 30.4 2.9 27.9 2.9 41.7 3.2
                 
Residence locatione                
    Metropolitan-large 65,105 11.8 52.4 2.2 21.8 1.9 25.8 1.7
    Metropolitan-small 33,434 11.7 61.6 3.1 16.6 2.1 21.9 2.3
    Micropolitan 12,666 9.7 71.1 3.7 12.4 3.1 16.5 2.7
    Noncore 7,591 12.2 68.3 5.9 *11.14 4.0 20.6 5.3
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 101,385 10.3 57.2 1.9 18.4 1.5 24.4 1.6
    Fair or poor 17,330 19.0 59.5 2.8 19.9 2.4 20.6 2.2
                 

aFamilies are characterized by attributes of the reference person in the family.

b "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.

c Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

d"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.

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

fTotal families. Numbers may not add to Total due to missing or rounding.

gDenominator is total families, 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.

 

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