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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.6a
Children under age 18 who had appointments for an illness or injury 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 26.2 77.6 1.0 14.9 0.9 7.5 0.5
Race White 56,132 27.4 77.4 1.1 15.1 1.1 7.5 0.6
Black 11,123 23.5 80.2 2.3 12.7 1.9 7.1 1.4
American Indian or Alaska Native 815 23.0 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian 2,576 14.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,757 23.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,297 20.2 70.5 2.4 18.9 2.3 10.6 1.5
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,402 27.5 78.7 1.1 14.3 1.0 7.0 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 43,463 29.5 79.0 1.3 14.3 1.2 6.7 0.7
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,859 23.6 80.0 2.3 12.8 1.9 7.2 1.5
Non-Hispanic, other 5,080 18.4 71.5 4.4 18.6 3.8 DSU DSU
Gender Male 37,236 26.9 78.2 1.2 14.1 1.1 7.7 0.7
Female 35,463 25.3 76.8 1.4 15.9 1.3 7.4 0.8
Age 0-5 23,153 32.2 77.5 1.6 15.7 1.4 6.8 0.9
6-17 49,546 23.3 77.6 1.3 14.4 1.1 8.0 0.7
Health insurance Any private 47,956 28.3 79.3 1.3 14.4 1.1 6.3 0.6
Public only 19,360 23.3 72.6 2.0 17.3 1.7 10.1 1.1
Uninsured 5,382 17.3 76.1 4.0 11.7 2.9 12.2 2.9
Family incomea Negative or poor 12,438 21.7 69.5 2.8 18.3 2.7 12.2 1.4
Near poor/low income 15,494 23.4 74.5 2.4 16.6 1.9 8.9 1.4
Middle income 25,004 27.9 77.2 1.7 15.0 1.4 7.8 1.1
High income 19,762 28.9 83.7 1.8 12.2 1.5 4.0 0.9
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 40,563 24.8 76.9 1.2 15.5 1.2 7.6 0.7
Metropolitan-small 21,261 27.6 78.9 2.1 14.7 1.8 6.3 0.8
Micropolitan 7,223 28.1 76.8 3.2 15.5 2.8 7.8 1.6
Noncore 3,652 29.1 77.6 4.4 DSU DSU 12.4 3.0
Perceived health status Excellent, very good or good 71,080 25.6 77.8 1.0 14.7 0.9 7.5 0.5
Fair or poor 1,619 52.5 72.7 4.3 19.4 3.5 DSU DSU
CSHCNc Yes 14,116 36.6 72.7 2.0 19.1 1.8 8.2 1.2
No 57,966 23.6 79.5 1.2 13.2 1.0 7.3 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 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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