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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.2A_a
Percent of families unable to receive or delayed in receiving needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medications, by main reasons, United States, 2003
        Main reasonsh
      Percent experienced difficulty g Couldn't afford Insurance related Other
Population groupa Total families f (in thousands) Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 120,827 19.8 50.9 1.3 14.2 0.8 44.4 1.3
Race White only 99,240 19.6 48.5 1.5 15.0 0.9 46.0 1.5
Black only 14,558 21.0 66.4 2.6 9.6 1.7 32.0 2.3
AI/AN only 798.0 31.25 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only 4,444 13.2 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI only 372 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,416 32.7 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,310 17.9 58.3 3.5 14.1 2.1 38.2 3.1
Non-Hispanic, all races 107,518 20.0 50.1 1.4 14.2 0.9 45.1 1.4
Non-Hispanic, White 86,533 19.9 47.1 1.6 15.2 1.0 47.0 1.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 14,253 20.9 67.2 2.6 9.3 1.7 31.8 2.4
Non-Hispanic, other 20,041 18.3 55.9 2.7 13.3 1.6 42.4 2.5
Gender Male 59,947 17.6 48.4 1.9 14.1 1.3 45.3 1.9
Female 60,880 21.9 53.0 1.7 14.3 1.2 43.7 1.8
Age 18-44 57,057 20.9 54.8 1.9 13.6 1.3 41.0 1.9
45-64 40,993 22.2 48.8 1.9 15.5 1.3 46.1 2.0
65 and over 22,778 12.4 41.6 3.5 12.4 2.1 53.5 3.2
Educationb Less than high school 22,409 22.5 67.9 2.3 9.8 1.6 30.5 2.1
High school graduate 37,671 20.1 54.3 2.3 13.1 1.2 42.5 2.4
At least some college 60,207 18.6 41.0 1.7 16.9 1.3 52.1 1.9
Employment statusc Employed 80,749 20.0 49.8 1.6 14.0 1.0 44.3 1.7
Not employed 17,289 28.2 60.3 2.3 15.9 1.7 39.4 2.3
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 72,749 18.3 39.2 1.7 17.4 1.2 52.6 1.6
Public only 9,861 34.1 58.5 2.7 17.9 2.1 38.5 2.7
Uninsured 15,439 28.6 86.5 1.8 2.8 0.9 18.5 2.1
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 6,568 12.9 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Medicare and private 13,465 12.2 31.9 4.6 13.1 2.8 58.6 4.4
Medicare and other public 2,571 12.7 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Family incomed Negative/poor 16,453 26.9 69.8 2.5 10.8 1.7 32.0 2.3
Near poor/low 23,386 24.2 65.9 2.3 10.3 1.3 35.5 2.2
Middle 36,257 20.0 49.4 2.1 14.3 1.6 43.9 2.3
High 44,731 14.7 27.1 2.2 19.7 1.7 61.0 2.1
Residence locatione Metropolitan-large 65,066 18.6 48.6 1.9 14.9 1.1 46.1 1.9
Metropolitan-small 35,826 21.5 53.8 2.0 13.8 1.6 42.2 2.2
Micropolitan 13,203 20.7 49.8 4.6 15.6 2.0 44.6 4.3
Noncore 6,732 19.9 58.1 4.5 DSU DSU 41.9 4.2
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 103,432 17.5 47.8 1.5 13.7 0.9 46.6 1.6
Fair/poor 17,380 33.5 60.4 2.4 15.8 1.6 37.7 2.3

a Values are for reference person in the family.

b 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.

c Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

d 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.

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

f Total families with a reference person, excluding families with a reference person under age 18 or not eligible to access the care.

g Denominator is total families, excluding missing values. Numerator is families unable or delayed in receiving needed care.

h Denominator is families who experienced difficulty. Responses unrelated to inability to afford care or insurance were collapsed into the "Other" category. For a full list of responses, see the documentation for the MEPS public use file.

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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