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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 4.5a
Among adults age 18 and over who reported going to a doctor's office or clinic in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often their health providers explained things clearly to them, United States, 2003
        Health providers explained things clearly
        Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Total population (in thousands)e Percent had visit Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 213,354 70.8 60.3 0.6 31.6 0.5 8.1 0.3
Race White only 175,615 71.8 60.6 0.6 32.0 0.6 7.4 0.3
Black only 24,231 66.4 64.4 1.8 24.4 1.6 11.2 1.1
AI/AN only 1,455 76.0 62.5 5.7 30.1 5.2 DSU DSU
Asian only 8,989 61.5 47.3 2.5 39.8 2.6 12.9 1.6
NHOPI only 653 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 2,410 74.2 43.5 3.8 41.5 3.4 15.0 2.8
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 26,414 52.1 56.1 1.5 31.2 1.3 12.7 1.0
Non-Hispanic, all races 186,940 73.4 60.7 0.6 31.6 0.6 7.7 0.3
Non-Hispanic, White 150,375 75.1 61.1 0.7 32.0 0.6 6.8 0.3
Non-Hispanic, Black 23,696 66.3 64.6 1.9 24.5 1.6 10.9 1.1
Non-Hispanic, other 12,868 65.0 47.6 2.0 39.5 2.0 12.9 1.3
Gender Male 102,726 61.5 59.8 0.8 32.1 0.7 8.1 0.4
Female 110,628 79.4 60.6 0.7 31.2 0.6 8.1 0.4
Age 18-44 109,549 62.4 58.8 0.9 31.8 0.8 9.4 0.5
45-64 69,216 75.9 61.7 0.9 30.7 0.8 7.6 0.5
65 and over 34,588 87.5 61.3 1.1 32.7 1.1 6.1 0.5
Educationa Less than high school 41,881 62.6 58.8 1.2 28.5 1.1 12.8 0.7
High school graduate 68,865 67.7 59.1 1.0 32.2 0.9 8.8 0.5
At least some college 101,335 76.2 61.7 0.8 32.2 0.7 6.1 0.3
Employment statusb Employed 143,962 66.4 60.7 0.7 31.5 0.6 7.8 0.4
Not employed 34,803 72.5 57.4 1.1 30.8 1.0 11.9 0.8
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 133,738 72.9 60.9 0.7 32.0 0.6 7.2 0.4
Public only 15,861 75.8 57.8 1.7 27.4 1.5 14.7 1.1
Uninsured 29,166 38.7 55.2 1.8 29.8 1.8 15.0 1.3
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 9,879 82.2 64.1 2.0 28.7 1.8 7.2 1.0
Medicare and private 20,660 90.3 60.0 1.7 35.0 1.6 5.0 0.7
Medicare and other public 3,731 87.8 62.6 3.0 28.0 2.9 9.5 1.4
Family incomec Negative/poor 22,629 64.3 56.6 1.5 28.9 1.3 14.5 1.0
Near poor/low 37,149 64.2 57.8 1.3 31.1 1.2 11.1 0.7
Middle 65,642 68.4 59.5 1.0 32.3 1.0 8.2 0.5
High 87,933 76.8 62.4 0.9 31.9 0.8 5.7 0.4
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 115,287 69.5 58.8 0.8 32.6 0.7 8.5 0.4
Metropolitan-small 63,129 72.8 61.6 1.1 30.7 0.9 7.7 0.6
Micropolitan 23,134 71.7 63.9 1.8 28.2 1.6 7.8 0.7
Noncore-adjacent 7,634 69.7 56.7 2.8 35.3 2.7 8.0 1.1
Noncore-not adjacent 4,170 71.2 64.4 2.5 30.2 2.0 5.4 1.0
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 185,679 68.8 61.6 0.7 31.3 0.6 7.1 0.3
Fair/Poor 27,658 84.2 52.9 1.2 33.5 1.1 13.6 0.8

a 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.

b Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

c Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

d See the MEPS entry in the Data Sources section of the Measure Specifications Appendix for more information.

e Total adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality or confidentiality.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

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