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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.3b: 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, 2000

  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 202,738 68.0 43.1 0.8 37.0 0.7 19.9 0.6
                 
Race                
    White 170,084 69.4 43.1 0.9 37.8 0.8 19.1 0.6
    Black 24,518 62.6 46.1 1.6 30.8 1.7 23.2 1.3
    Asian or Pacific Islander 6,499 54.3 29.5 3.9 38.8 4.4 31.7 3.9
    American Indian or Alaska Native DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Race/ethnicity                
    Hispanic 21,738 57.1 36.2 1.6 38.7 1.6 25.1 1.5
    Non-Hispanic 180,999 69.3 43.8 0.9 36.9 0.7 19.4 0.6
      White 150,153 71.0 44.0 1.0 37.6 0.8 18.4 0.7
      Black 23,466 63.0 45.5 1.6 31.1 1.7 23.4 1.4
      Other 7,380 54.3 33.4 3.7 37.6 4.2 29.0 3.3
                 
Gender                
    Male 97,198 58.1 44.2 1.2 37.1 0.9 18.7 0.8
    Female 105,540 77.1 42.4 0.8 37.0 0.8 20.7 0.6
                 
Age                
    18-44 108,439 57.8 37.7 1.1 37.8 1.0 24.5 0.9
    45-64 61,509 75.4 43.4 1.0 38.2 0.9 18.4 0.9
    65 and over 32,791 88.1 55.2 1.3 33.1 1.3 11.7 0.9
                 
Educationa                
    Less than high school 40,860 63.0 45.3 1.3 35.1 1.3 19.6 1.0
    High school graduate 66,421 65.5 44.6 1.1 37.6 0.9 17.9 0.9
    At least some college 93,918 72.0 41.1 1.1 37.4 0.9 21.4 0.8
                 
Employment statusb                
    Employed 140,394 62.5 39.2 0.9 38.2 0.8 22.6 0.7
    Not employed 29,534 71.8 43.8 1.4 37.0 1.4 19.3 1.2
                 
Insurance                
    Age 18-64                
        Any private 132,072 68.0 39.9 0.9 38.9 0.8 21.1 0.6
        Public only 13,122 71.5 45.9 2.1 32.6 2.3 21.6 1.7
        Uninsured 24,753 39.4 36.0 2.4 34.6 2.1 29.4 2.3
    Age 65 and over                
        Medicare only 10,918 86.5 51.7 2.4 36.5 2.3 11.7 1.3
        Medicare and private 18,453 89.0 57.9 1.8 30.8 1.7 11.3 1.3
        Medicare and other public 3,238 88.3 51.3 3.6 35.2 3.8 13.5 2.2
        No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Family incomec                
    Negative or poor 19,351 64.8 47.0 1.8 30.0 1.7 22.9 1.5
    Near poor/low income 33,104 64.6 43.9 1.7 35.4 1.4 20.7 1.2
    Middle income 65,142 64.8 43.2 1.4 39.1 1.2 17.7 0.9
    High income 85,141 72.5 42.0 1.2 37.6 1.0 20.4 0.9
                 
Residence locationd                
    Metropolitan-large 113,291 67.2 41.0 0.9 37.7 0.8 21.3 0.8
    Metropolitan-small 53,724 69.6 44.6 1.7 36.8 1.2 18.6 1.1
    Micropolitan 20,879 70.3 49.2 1.8 33.2 2.0 17.6 1.3
    Noncore-adjacent 10,991 64.6 47.4 2.6 37.5 2.4 15.0 1.5
    Noncore-rural 3,853 67.8 38.9 3.6 38.4 1.7 22.7 3.9
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 177,944 65.8 42.9 0.8 36.9 0.7 20.2 0.6
    Fair or poor 24,794 83.9 44.6 1.5 37.5 1.6 18.0 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.

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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