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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.2b: Percent of families who reported experiencing difficulty in obtaining health care in the last 12 months by main reasons, United States, 2000

      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 116,294 10.6 57.7 2.0 14.6 1.7 27.8 1.9
                 
Race                
    White 97,010 10.5 57.3 2.3 14.4 2.0 28.3 2.1
    Black 14,943 10.1 62.2 5.3 13.8 3.5 23.9 4.9
    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 11,020 13.1 71.6 3.6 8.2 2.4 20.1 3.1
    Non-Hispanic 105,275 10.4 55.81 2.3 15.4 1.9 28.8 2.0
      White 87,029 10.2 55.03 2.6 15.47 2.3 29.5 2.3
      Black 14,341 10.0 61.6 5.4 13.9 3.7 24.5 5.1
      Other DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Gender                
    Male 62,374 9.1 56.7 3.2 16.0 2.3 27.3 2.7
    Female 53,920 12.4 58.5 2.5 13.4 2.0 28.1 2.5
                 
Age                
    0-17 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
    18-44 55,064 12.3 59.0 2.9 13.5 2.1 27.5 2.6
    45-64 37,477 11.6 59.6 2.8 15.7 2.4 24.7 2.6
    65 and over DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Educationb                
    Less than high school 23,301 14.4 66.2 3.2 8.2 1.9 25.6 2.8
    High school graduate 36,724 10.5 64.8 3.6 12.3 2.7 23.0 3.0
    At least some college 55,395 9.2 46.7 3.0 20.5 3.1 32.8 3.0
                 
Employment statusc                
    Employed 77,805 10.7 57.9 2.4 15.1 1.9 27.0 2.2
    Not employed 14,735 18.8 63.3 3.6 12.16 2.7 24.5 3.0
                 
Insurance                
    Age 18-64                
      Any private 71,743 8.0 43.2 2.9 23.4 2.6 33.4 3.1
      Public only 7,931 25.7 65.3 4.8 *6.53 2.7 28.1 3.9
      Uninsured 12,934 26.0 83.1 2.5 *3.66 1.4 13.2 2.4
    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 15,089 18.7 64.8 3.5 *5.78 1.9 29.4 3.5
    Near poor/low income 21,196 15.6 74.53 3.4 *6.22 1.9 19.3 3.1
    Middle income 36,444 9.8 61.0 3.5 17.3 2.9 21.7 3.1
    High income 43,566 6.3 26.1 3.5 30.0 4.3 44.0 4.8
                 
Residence location e                
    Metropolitan-large 65,102 10.6 58.2 2.7 15.0 2.6 26.8 2.3
    Metropolitan-small 30,739 10.7 54.6 3.4 15.7 2.7 29.7 2.9
    Micropolitan 11,871 10.1 66.5 5.9 14.1 3.3 19.4 5.5
    Noncore DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 99,599 9.3 54.5 2.2 16.5 2.0 28.9 2.0
    Fair or poor 16,445 19.0 67.1 4.5 8.7 2.1 24.2 3.6
                 

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.

cEmployment 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 famillies, excluding missing values.

* Relative standard error is equal to or greater than 30 percent.

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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