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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.2a
Percent of families unable or delayed in receiving needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medications, by main reasons, United States, 2002
    Total familiesf Percent experienced difficultyg Couldn't afford Insurance related Otherh
Population groupa Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   121,016 15.4 50.9 1.4 11.7 0.8 37.4 1.2
Race White 99,578 15.6 50.5 1.5 11.7 0.9 37.7 1.4
Black 14,322 14.5 58.8 3.4 11.2 1.8 30.1 3.1
American Indian or Alaska Native 996 18.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian 4,371 9.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,407 27.5 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,103 13.1 64.2 3.7 6.6 1.2 29.3 3.6
Non-Hispanic, all races 107,912 15.7 49.5 1.5 12.2 0.8 38.3 1.3
Non-Hispanic, White 87,014 15.9 49.0 1.6 12.3 1.0 38.7 1.5
Non-Hispanic, Black 14,115 14.5 58.1 3.5 11.4 1.9 30.5 3.2
Non-Hispanic, other 6,783 14.7 39.2 5.6 12.5 3.3 48.3 5.8
Gender Male 61,471 13.1 47.1 2.0 12.4 1.2 40.5 1.9
Female 59,545 17.8 53.8 1.6 11.2 1.1 35.1 1.5
Age 18-44 57,118 16.7 57.9 1.8 10.4 1.2 31.7 1.6
45-64 40,088 15.8 46.9 2.2 13.2 1.3 39.9 2.0
65 and over 23,711 11.2 34.2 2.8 13.1 2.3 52.8 3.3
Educationb Less than high school 24,031 18.1 62.6 2.4 7.9 1.3 29.5 2.4
High school graduate 38,750 14.2 55.0 2.2 10.0 1.3 35.0 1.9
At least some college 57,577 15.0 42.1 1.9 14.8 1.2 43.0 1.8
Employment statusc Employed 79,496 15.2 52.3 1.7 11.6 0.9 36.1 1.5
Not employed 17,706 21.7 57.5 2.9 11.1 1.6 31.4 2.9
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 73,274 13.2 41.0 1.9 14.7 1.1 44.3 1.8
Public only 9,006 27.8 52.5 3.2 15.0 2.4 32.5 3.2
Uninsured 15,025 25.0 86.8 2.1 DSU DSU 12.3 2.1
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 6,865 14.4 39.8 4.7 12.7 3.7 47.6 5.0
Medicare and private 13,874 9.3 29.8 3.7 9.4 2.6 60.8 4.3
Medicare and other public 2,772 13.0 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Family incomed Negative or poor 16,604 24.0 65.1 2.3 8.8 1.4 26.1 2.2
Near poor/low income 23,126 20.2 67.6 2.3 7.6 1.2 24.8 2.3
Middle income 36,898 14.3 51.4 2.4 12.8 1.4 35.8 2.3
High income 44,389 10.6 22.1 2.0 17.0 1.7 60.9 2.4
Residence locatione Metropolitan-large 65,160 15.4 47.3 2.0 13.1 1.1 39.6 1.7
Metropolitan-small 35,876 15.7 53.5 2.2 10.2 1.3 36.3 2.3
Micropolitan 13,226 15.1 58.6 4.3 8.2 1.9 33.3 3.7
Noncore 6,753 14.4 56.5 4.6 12.9 3.2 30.6 5.4
Perceived health status Excellent, very good or good 102,754 13.3 48.1 1.6 11.9 0.9 40.0 1.4
Fair or poor 18,104 27.4 58.5 2.3 11.1 1.4 30.3 2.3

a Values are for reference person in the family. Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

b "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. Number of persons does not add to overall total because data on this variable were not available for some sample persons.

c Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

d "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.

e See Measures Specifications Appendix for definition.

f Total families. Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

g Denominator is total families, excluding missing values.

h The MEPS responses unrelated to inability to afford care or insurance were collapsed into the "Other" category. For a full list of responses, see the documentation for the MEPS public use file HC70.

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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