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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Among adults age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted

Measure Source

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

National Tables

3.5a 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, 2002.

3.5b 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.

National Data Source

AHRQ, MEPS.

National Denominator

Adults age 18 and over who had an illness or injury that needed care right away from doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room in the past 12 months and also answered the question of "In the last 12 months, when you needed care right away for an illness or injury, how often did you get care as soon as you wanted?" Nonresponses and "Don't know" responses were excluded.

National Numerator

Subset of the denominator population in 3 categories according to their answer to the above question: "Always," "Usually," "Sometimes," or "Never."

State Tables

3.5c Percent of adults age 18 and over who reported that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted, Medicaid, by State, 2004.

3.5d Percent of adults age 18 and over who reported that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted, Medicare fee for service, by State, 2003.

3.5e Percent of adults age 18 and over who reported that they can always get care for illness/injury as soon as they wanted, Medicare managed care, by State, 2003.

State Data Source

AHRQ, Center for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, National CAHPS® Benchmarking Database.

State Denominator

Adults who reported having an illness or injury that needed immediate attention in the past 12 months;

State Numerator

Subset of the denominator who answered "Always" to the question "In the last 12 months, when you needed care right away for an illness or injury, how often did you get care as soon as you wanted?"

Comments

National tables report data from the MEPS Self-Administered Questionnaire (SAQ). See the MEPS entry in the Data Source section of this appendix for more information on the SAQ.

Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for an illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted. Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for routine health care in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted.

 

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