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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 4.6a
Among children under age 18 who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often their health providers explained things clearly to their parents, United States, 2003
        Health providers explained things clearly
    Total population (in thousands)d   Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Percent had visit Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 73,163 76.3 77.6 0.9 17.2 0.8 5.2 0.4
Race White only 56,717 77.7 78.1 0.9 17.3 0.8 4.6 0.4
Black only 11,271 72.5 78.6 1.8 14.4 1.7 7.0 1.0
AI/AN only 547 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only 2,609 69.0 65.1 4.8 24.7 3.9 DSU DSU
NHOPI only 199 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,820 74.8 74.3 4.4 20.3 4.3 DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,776 67.7 73.3 1.7 19.6 1.5 7.1 0.8
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,387 78.3 78.5 1.0 16.7 0.9 4.8 0.4
Non-Hispanic, White 43,547 80.7 79.5 1.1 16.5 0.9 4.0 0.5
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,999 72.6 78.4 1.9 14.7 1.7 7.0 1.0
Non-Hispanic, other 4,841 69.7 69.0 3.3 23.6 2.8 7.4 1.8
Gender Male 37,420 75.3 77.9 1.0 17.1 0.9 5.0 0.5
Female 35,743 77.4 77.4 1.1 17.3 1.0 5.3 0.6
Age 0-5 23,093 88.2 78.7 1.4 16.2 1.1 5.1 0.6
6-17 50,069 70.8 77.0 1.0 17.8 0.9 5.2 0.5
Health insurance Any private 47,598 80.0 79.4 1.1 16.9 1.0 3.8 0.4
Public only 20,513 73.0 73.7 1.4 17.7 1.1 8.6 0.8
Uninsured 5,052 55.5 75.6 3.0 18.5 2.7 5.9 1.6
Family incomea Negative/poor 12,787 70.6 71.8 1.9 19.3 1.7 8.9 1.0
Near poor/low income 15,711 69.6 74.0 1.7 18.2 1.4 7.8 1.1
Middle income 24,154 76.6 78.1 1.5 17.7 1.3 4.2 0.6
High income 20,510 84.7 82.5 1.4 14.9 1.3 2.6 0.5
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 40,840 76.6 78.1 1.1 16.8 1.1 5.1 0.5
Metropolitan-small 21,471 75.6 76.8 1.9 17.7 1.6 5.6 0.8
Micropolitan 6,936 77.0 80.3 2.1 15.4 2.0 4.3 0.9
Noncore 3,916 76.5 72.9 3.7 22.3 3.0 4.8 1.4
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,567 76.1 77.9 0.9 17.2 0.8 5.0 0.4
Fair/poor 1,594 85.2 68.5 3.6 18.7 3.0 12.8 2.8
CSHCNc Yes 14,252 88.5 77.6 1.4 16.6 1.3 5.8 0.7
No 58,203 73.2 77.7 1.0 17.3 0.9 5.0 0.4

a 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.

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

c Unknown is not shown.

d Total child population. Numbers of sub-population categories 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; CSHCN: children with special health care needs.

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

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