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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Percent of families who experienced difficulty in obtaining care, by reason

Measure Source

Healthy People 2010, measure 1-6.

Tables

3.2a Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medications by main reasons, United States, 2002.

3.2b Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed medical care, by main reasons, United States, 2002.

3.2c Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed dental care, by main reasons, United States, 2002.

3.2d Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed prescription medications, by main reasons, United States, 2002.

Data Source

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS).

Denominator

U. S. families reporting that at least 1 family member experienced difficulty in obtaining health care, including those with members who attempted but did not receive care or delayed the needed care.

Numerator

Subset of the denominator of families with each of the 3 major reasons, couldn't afford, insurance-related reasons and other reasons.

Comments

A change in survey question format in 2002 affected the way responses were collected for this item; these rates should not be compared to data from 2001 and earlier.

Reasons were grouped based on specific survey responses. The demographic data are based on information for the family reference person.

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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. Percent of persons who report that they have a usual source of medical care, by place of care.

 

 

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