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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.4a
Children under age 18 who had appointments for routine health care in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2002
        Appointment as soon as wanted
    Total population (in thousands)d Percent had appointmente Always Usually Sometimes or never
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   72,699 68.6 66.9 0.9 22.9 0.7 10.2 0.5
Race White 56,132 70.6 66.9 0.9 23.4 0.8 9.7 0.5
Black 11,123 60.0 70.1 2.4 18.9 2.1 11.0 1.2
American Indian or Alaska Native 815 57.5 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian 2,576 60.3 55.2 4.6 24.4 2.8 20.4 4.2
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,757 76.7 63.9 5.0 26.5 4.6 9.6 2.5
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,297 59.1 60.4 2.1 25.5 1.6 14.1 1.3
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,402 70.7 68.1 0.9 22.4 0.8 9.5 0.5
Non-Hispanic, White 43,463 74.1 68.6 1.0 22.7 0.9 8.7 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,859 59.7 70.3 2.4 19.0 2.1 10.8 1.2
Non-Hispanic, other 5,080 65.4 58.5 3.2 26.4 2.6 15.1 2.4
Gender Male 37,236 68.2 67.1 1.0 22.3 0.8 10.6 0.6
Female 35,463 69.0 66.6 1.1 23.5 1.0 9.9 0.6
Age 0-5 23,153 78.2 70.2 1.2 20.7 1.0 9.0 0.8
6-17 49,546 64.1 64.9 1.1 24.2 0.9 10.9 0.6
Health insurance Any private 47,956 73.4 67.9 1.0 23.1 0.9 9.0 0.6
Public only 19,360 63.0 64.2 1.6 22.7 1.4 13.1 1.1
Uninsured 5,382 45.5 65.1 3.5 21.4 2.9 13.5 2.4
Family incomea Negative or poor 12,438 58.1 62.9 2.2 23.0 2.0 14.2 1.3
Near poor/low income 15,494 61.3 66.7 1.6 20.5 1.4 12.8 1.1
Middle income 25,004 70.7 66.7 1.4 23.5 1.2 9.8 0.8
High income 19,762 78.2 69.1 1.6 23.6 1.5 7.3 0.8
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 40,563 69.1 65.2 1.2 23.5 1.0 11.3 0.7
Metropolitan-small 21,261 69.5 67.5 1.8 22.5 1.4 10.0 0.9
Micropolitan 7,223 64.9 71.3 2.3 21.3 2.3 7.4 1.1
Noncore 3,652 64.6 73.2 3.0 21.8 3.1 DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent, very good or good 71,080 68.3 67.1 0.9 22.9 0.7 10.0 0.5
Fair or poor 1,619 81.3 59.8 3.7 22.9 3.3 17.3 2.7
CSHCNc Yes 14,116 84.3 62.0 1.7 25.8 1.4 12.2 1.0
No 57,966 64.8 68.5 0.9 21.8 0.8 9.7 0.5

a "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.

b See Measures Specifications Appendix for definition.

c CSHCN: children with special health care needs. Unknown is not shown.

d Total child population. Numbers of sub-population categories may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

e Denominator is total population, excluding missing.

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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