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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.3a: Among adults 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, 2001

  Appointment as soon as wanted
      Always Usually Sometimes or Never
Population group Total Population (in thousands)e Percent had appointmentf Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
                 
Total 208,272 68.2 43.8 0.6 36.0 0.5 20.2 0.5
                 
Race                
White 174,920 69.3 43.9 0.7 36.9 0.6 19.2 0.5
Black 23,881 64.5 47.4 1.5 28.9 1.3 23.7 1.3
Asian or Pacific Islander 7,750 55.9 26.7 2.9 36.2 2.6 37.1 2.9
American Indian or Alaska Native 1,721 63.6 49.7 4.9 31.8 4.6 18.5 3.8
                 
Race/ethnicity                
    Hispanic 24,431 52.3 41.4 1.4 29.7 1.3 29.0 1.3
    Non-Hispanic 183,841 70.3 44.0 0.6 36.6 0.5 19.4 0.5
      White 151,641 71.9 44.2 0.7 37.6 0.6 18.2 0.5
      Black 23,305 64.9 47.4 1.5 29.1 1.4 23.5 1.4
      Other 8,895 57.3 30.5 2.7 36.1 2.3 33.5 2.6
                 
Gender                
    Male 99,824 58.4 44.7 0.8 35.5 0.8 19.7 0.7
    Female 108,448 77.3 43.1 0.7 36.3 0.6 20.6 0.6
                 
Age                
    18-44 109,467 57.8 37.6 0.9 35.1 0.7 27.3 0.8
    45-64 64,978 75.8 44.6 0.9 38.1 0.9 17.4 0.7
    65 and over 33,827 88.0 56.4 1.1 34.4 1.0 9.2 0.7
                 
Educationa                
    Less than high school 42,842 62.4 46.6 1.3 33.6 1.1 19.9 0.9
    High school graduate 69,077 65.4 45.5 1.0 36.1 0.8 18.3 0.8
    At least some college 95,076 73.0 41.6 0.9 36.8 0.8 21.6 0.7
                 
Employment statusb                
    Employed 142,602 62.5 39.4 0.8 37.0 0.7 23.6 0.7
    Not employed 31,762 73.3 45.2 1.3 34.2 1.0 20.6 1.0
                 
Insurance                
    Age 18-64                
      Any private 135,308 68.3 40.4 0.8 37.8 0.7 21.9 0.6
      Public only 13,189 74.0 44.7 1.9 30.8 1.6 24.5 1.5
      Uninsured 25,947 39.2 38.9 1.9 28.9 1.7 32.3 1.7
    Age 65 and over                
      Medicare only 10,667 87.5 56.3 2.1 34.1 2.0 9.7 1.2
      Medicare and private 19,461 89.2 56.5 1.5 35.3 1.4 8.3 0.9
      Medicare and other public 3,471 82.9 55.7 3.0 29.9 2.9 14.4 2.5
      No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Family incomec                
    Negative or poor 20,753 63.3 45.1 1.6 30.5 1.4 24.4 1.3
    Near poor/low income 35,506 63.2 48.2 1.3 32.5 1.1 19.3 1.0
    Middle income 65,619 66.0 43.8 1.0 35.3 0.9 20.9 0.8
    High income 86,394 73.1 42.0 1.0 38.8 0.9 19.2 0.7
                 
Residence locationd                
    Metropolitan-large 114,742 67.7 41.6 0.8 36.1 0.7 22.3 0.7
    Metropolitan-small 59,021 69.2 45.1 1.1 36.2 1.1 18.7 0.9
    Micropolitan 22,037 69.2 47.5 1.6 36.3 1.6 16.1 1.0
    Noncore-adjacent 8,664 66.0 49.4 2.3 33.3 2.3 17.4 2.0
    Noncore-rural 3,808 68.9 56.5 2.9 33.5 3.2 10.0 1.6
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 181,543 65.9 43.2 0.6 36.2 0.6 20.6 0.5
    Fair or poor 26,729 84.2 46.7 1.4 34.9 1.2 18.3 0.9
                 

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.

bEmployment 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.

eTotal adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers may not add to Total due to missing or rounding.

fDenominator is total adult population, 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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