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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 2.37
Percent of persons with a usual source of care (USC) who reported that their USC usually asked about prescription medications and treatments from other doctors, United States, 2000 and 2003
    2003 2000
Population group Total population (in thousands)g Percent with USCh Percent asked Standard error Total population (in thousands)g Percent with USCh Percent asked Standard error
Total 290,604 81.1 76.4 0.7 278,406 81.6 81.7 0.9
Racea White only 235,232 81.9 75.9 0.7 -- -- -- --
Black only 36,090 77.4 79.5 1.3 -- -- -- --
AI/AN only 2,095 84.7 80.9 4.4 -- -- -- --
Asian only 11,886 74.4 74.2 2.2 -- -- -- --
NHOPI only 881 77.5 DSU DSU -- -- -- --
Multiple races 4,420 82.0 76.6 3.1 -- -- -- --
Ethnicityb Hispanic, all races 40,696 66.4 77.8 1.2 33,955 69.5 86.0 1.1
Non-Hispanic, all races 249,909 83.5 76.2 0.7 244,450 83.3 81.2 1.0
Non-Hispanic, White 196,304 85.1 75.7 0.8 198,164 84.6 80.4 1.0
Non-Hispanic, Black 35,278 77.4 79.5 1.4 35,049 77.9 85.0 1.7
Non-Hispanic, other 18,327 77.4 75.6 1.7 11,237 76.6 84.9 3.1
Gender Male 142,265 77.1 75.9 0.8 135,882 77.9 81.9 1.0
Female 148,340 84.9 76.7 0.7 142,524 85.2 81.6 0.8
Age 0-17 72,996 91.0 72.8 1.1 72,531 90.8 80.1 1.2
18-44 111,141 68.4 78.5 0.9 109,025 70.1 83.5 0.9
45-64 69,768 84.6 77.2 0.8 62,067 84.9 82.1 1.1
65 and over 36,699 93.5 77.4 1.1 34,782 93.4 80.5 1.4
Educationc Less than high school 43,015 71.3 77.2 1.0 43,671 75.7 83.3 1.2
High school graduate 69,699 77.6 76.2 0.9 66,819 78.1 81.1 1.3
At least some college 102,173 80.7 79.0 0.7 93,763 80.0 82.8 0.8
Employment statusd Employed 145,231 74.6 78.0 0.7 138,298 74.6 82.7 0.9
Not employed 35,657 75.3 77.2 1.1 32,751 79.1 83.7 1.0
Health insurance, age 0-64 Any private 182,126 84.6 76.4 0.8 182,658 83.6 81.4 1.0
Public only 36,682 83.6 74.3 1.2 28,622 85.8 82.8 1.6
Uninsured 34,342 47.1 77.2 1.5 32,344 54.0 85.5 1.3
Insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 9,964 91.4 76.6 1.9 11,515 91.4 83.2 1.7
Medicare and private 20,856 95.7 78.0 1.4 19,279 94.7 78.5 2.1
Medicare and other public 3,973 91.6 80.0 2.5 3,568 93.3 82.7 2.5
Family incomee Negative/poor 36,827 73.3 74.2 1.4 32,053 79.7 82.4 1.8
Near poor/low 53,950 76.2 76.6 1.2 49,255 76.9 82.0 1.6
Middle 90,163 81.5 75.7 1.1 90,343 81.5 82.2 1.1
High 109,664 85.7 77.4 0.8 106,754 84.4 81.1 1.0
Residence locationf Metropolitan-large 159,365 79.2 76.8 0.8 157,794 79.6 81.8 1.1
Metropolitan-small 84,851 83.2 76.2 1.4 72,434 83.6 82.4 1.5
Micropolitan 30,528 82.9 75.7 2.0 28,633 85.4 82.6 2.2
Noncore-adjacent 10,338 83.5 76.7 3.6 14,253 84.4 75.1 4.9
Noncore-not adjacent 5,522 87.7 70.6 3.6 5,292 85.6 85.8 6.5
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 258,710 80.6 76.1 0.7 249,310 81.0 81.7 0.9
Fair/poor 29,976 85.2 78.1 1.0 28,386 87.6 82.1 1.3
CSHCN Yes 14,252 95.5 75.0 1.5 10,993 93.6 81.0 1.8
No 58,203 89.6 72.2 1.2 55,003 90.7 79.5 1.2

a Prior to 2002, racial categories were not directly comparable to those used for 2002 data, thus, race data for 2000 are not shown.

b Beginning in 2002, individuals could report multiple races.For 2002 and later years, Non-Hispanic categories exclude multiple-race individuals and are not directly comparable to data from previous years.

c Includes persons age 18 and over. Less than high school graduate 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.

d Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

e 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.

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

g Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

h Percent with usual source of care, excluding missing values.

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

-- Data not shown. See footnote a.

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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