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2005 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.6b
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, 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 26.7 76.9 1.2 15.7 1.1 7.4 0.7
Race White 56,988 28.4 77.1 1.4 15.9 1.3 7.1 0.7
Black 11,622 21.8 74.2 3.0 15.7 2.4 10.1 1.8
Asian or Pacific Islander DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
American Indian or Alaska Native DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 12,963 20.6 71.8 2.6 16.6 2.1 11.7 1.7
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,863 28.1 77.7 1.3 15.6 1.2 6.7 0.7
Non-Hispanic, White 44,726 30.5 78.1 1.5 15.6 1.5 6.3 0.8
Non-Hispanic, Black 11,252 21.9 73.9 3.0 16.0 2.5 10.1 1.9
Non-Hispanic, other DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Gender Male 37,264 27.8 79.6 1.4 13.4 1.3 7.0 0.9
Female 35,562 25.6 73.8 1.6 18.4 1.4 7.8 0.9
Age 0-5 23,710 31.5 77.9 1.7 14.4 1.4 7.7 1.0
6-17 49,115 24.4 76.3 1.5 16.5 1.5 7.2 0.8
Health insurance Any private 49,345 28.3 79.2 1.4 15.3 1.3 5.5 0.7
Public only 17,342 24.8 70.3 2.4 16.9 2.0 12.8 1.5
Uninsured 6,139 19.9 73.6 4.7 17.1 4.0 9.2 2.4
Family incomea Negative or poor 12,075 23.2 70.0 3.0 16.2 2.2 13.8 2.0
Near poor/low income 15,876 23.1 72.0 2.6 17.3 2.2 10.7 1.5
Middle income 23,483 27.0 77.3 1.8 18.2 1.6 4.5 0.8
High income 21,392 31.2 82.2 2.0 12.2 2.0 5.6 1.1
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 41,207 25.3 75.7 1.9 16.5 1.7 7.8 0.9
Metropolitan-small 19,976 28.9 76.7 2.3 15.8 1.9 7.5 1.2
Micropolitan 7,527 30.3 80.3 2.9 13.0 2.5 6.8 1.7
Noncore 4,115 24.5 82.6 3.3 13.4 3.0 *4.1 1.4
Perceived health status Excellent, very good or good 71,309 26.0 77.5 1.2 15.4 1.1 7.1 0.7
Fair or poor 1,516 61.7 65.0 4.9 21.2 4.4 13.8 3.3
CSHCNc Yes 13,880 39.7 72.9 2.2 18.5 1.9 8.6 1.2
No 58,520 23.5 78.7 1.2 14.4 1.2 6.9 0.7

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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