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2004 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.5b: Among adults age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for illness or injury 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 34.4 54.1 1.2 29.3 1.1 16.7 0.6
                 
Race                
    White 170,084 34.9 54.6 1.1 29.2 0.9 16.2 0.7
    Black 24,518 33.7 53.4 3.5 29.1 3.3 17.5 1.7
    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 21,738 29.7 42.7 2.2 35.0 2.1 22.3 1.8
    Non-Hispanic 180,999 35.0 55.2 1.3 28.7 1.2 16.1 0.6
      White 150,153 35.6 56.0 1.2 28.5 1.0 15.5 0.7
      Black 23,466 33.9 53.2 3.6 29.3 3.4 17.5 1.7
      Other 7,380 26.6 43.8 5.6 30.4 4.6 25.8 4.2
                 
Gender                
    Male 97,198 30.1 55.1 1.5 28.0 1.3 16.9 1.0
    Female 105,540 38.4 53.4 1.3 30.2 1.5 16.5 0.8
                 
Age                
    18-44 108,439 32.7 47.7 1.7 32.0 1.5 20.3 1.0
    45-64 61,509 35.3 58.3 1.5 25.8 1.4 15.9 1.1
    65 and over 32,791 38.7 65.6 2.0 27.2 1.8 7.2 1.0
                 
Educationa                
    Less than high school 40,860 35.8 52.5 1.8 27.8 1.8 19.7 1.4
    High school graduate 66,421 35.0 54.3 1.6 28.9 1.5 16.8 1.1
    At least some college 93,918 33.5 54.5 1.8 30.2 1.5 15.3 0.9
                 
Employment statusb                
    Employed 140,394 32.3 51.2 1.4 30.4 1.3 18.5 0.8
    Not employed 29,534 40.1 53.5 2.3 27.1 2.1 19.3 1.5
                 
Insurance                
    Age 18-64                
      Any private 132,072 33.2 52.8 1.4 30.6 1.3 16.6 0.8
      Public only 13,122 45.7 52.5 2.8 25.7 2.9 21.8 2.4
      Uninsured 24,753 29.3 43.8 2.9 27.4 2.7 28.8 2.0
    Age 65 and over                
      Medicare only 10,918 37.4 62.8 3.0 31.4 3.2 5.8 1.6
      Medicare and private 18,453 37.2 69.0 2.5 23.6 2.3 7.4 1.5
      Medicare and other public 3,238 50.1 58.4 5.2 30.9 5.3 *10.7 3.8
      No insurance/private only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
                 
Family incomec                
    Negative or poor 19,351 38.4 49.1 2.3 28.0 2.2 22.9 2.0
    Near poor/low income 33,104 35.5 52.1 2.3 27.9 2.1 20.0 1.6
    Middle income 65,142 34.6 53.9 2.0 31.9 1.7 14.1 1.0
    High income 85,141 33.0 56.3 1.7 28.1 1.5 15.6 1.0
                 
Residence locationd                
    Metropolitan-large 113,291 33.1 52.2 1.7 31.1 1.6 16.7 0.9
    Metropolitan-small 53,724 36.7 55.0 1.8 27.6 1.3 17.4 1.3
    Micropolitan 20,879 35.5 59.1 2.4 24.1 1.9 16.9 1.8
    Noncore 14,844 34.4 57.8 2.5 29.1 2.1 13.1 1.8
                 
Perceived health status                
    Excellent, very good or good 177,944 31.5 54.3 1.2 29.2 1.1 16.5 0.6
    Fair or poor 24,794 55.9 53.4 2.5 29.3 2.2 17.4 1.5
                 

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.

*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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