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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.4b
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, 2001
        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   72,826 66.1 67.6 1.0 20.8 0.8 11.7 0.6
Race White 56,988 66.8 68.7 1.1 20.5 0.9 10.8 0.7
Black 11,622 63.6 66.3 2.4 21.5 2.0 12.2 1.2
Asian or Pacific Islander 3,290 63.3 58.3 4.7 19.9 3.1 21.9 4.2
American Indian or Alaska Native DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 12,963 58.6 64.0 2.0 20.7 1.4 15.4 1.5
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,863 67.8 68.3 1.0 20.8 0.9 11.0 0.7
Non-Hispanic, White 44,726 69.2 69.6 1.2 20.6 1.1 9.9 0.8
Non-Hispanic, Black 11,252 63.6 66.4 2.5 21.5 2.1 12.1 1.2
Non-Hispanic, other 3,884 62.8 57.5 4.4 21.1 2.9 21.5 3.8
Gender Male 37,264 65.6 68.8 1.2 20.2 1.0 11.0 0.8
Female 35,562 66.7 66.3 1.2 21.3 1.2 12.4 0.8
Age 0-5 23,710 80.4 69.7 1.3 19.8 1.0 10.6 0.9
6-17 49,115 59.2 66.2 1.2 21.4 1.1 12.4 0.7
Health insurance Any private 49,345 68.8 68.1 1.1 20.9 0.9 11.0 0.8
Public only 17,342 67.0 66.1 2.0 20.4 1.6 13.6 1.1
Uninsured 6,139 42.2 68.1 3.2 20.0 2.4 12.0 2.1
Family incomea Negative or poor 12,075 61.2 64.5 2.3 21.2 1.7 14.3 1.5
Near poor/low income 15,876 57.0 62.3 2.1 24.2 2.0 13.4 1.2
Middle income 23,483 64.9 66.8 1.5 21.7 1.4 11.5 0.9
High income 21,392 77.1 72.6 1.6 17.8 1.2 9.6 1.1
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 41,207 67.8 66.4 1.3 21.4 1.1 12.2 0.8
Metropolitan-small 19,976 67.3 67.2 1.9 19.9 1.6 12.9 1.3
Micropolitan 7,527 59.5 73.2 2.4 19.6 2.1 7.3 1.2
Noncore 4,115 55.3 73.4 3.8 20.2 3.5 6.5 1.7
Perceived health status Excellent, very good or good 71,309 66.0 67.8 1.0 20.6 0.8 11.5 0.6
Fair or poor 1,516 73.7 57.9 4.7 25.6 4.0 16.5 3.3
CSHCNc Yes 13,880 77.5 64.2 1.8 21.5 1.5 14.3 1.2
No 58,520 63.5 68.7 1.0 20.4 0.9 10.9 0.6

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 the MEPS entry in the Data Sources section of the Measures Specifications Appendix for more information.

c CSHCN: children with special health care needs.

d Total child population. Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

e Denominator is total population, excluding missing values.

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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