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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.2B_a
Percent of families unable to receive or delayed in receiving needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medications, by main reasons, United States, 2002
        Main reasonsh
      Percent experienced difficultyg Couldn't afford Insurance related Other
Population groupa Total families f (in thousands) Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 121,016 15.4 50.9 1.4 11.7 0.8 37.4 1.2
Race White only 99,578 15.6 50.5 1.5 11.7 0.9 37.7 1.4
Black only 14,322 14.5 58.8 3.4 11.2 1.8 30.1 3.1
AI/AN only 996 18.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only 4,371 9.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,407 27.5 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,103 13.1 64.2 3.7 6.6 1.2 29.3 3.6
Non-Hispanic, all races 107,912 15.7 49.5 1.5 12.2 0.8 38.3 1.3
Non-Hispanic, White 87,014 15.9 49.0 1.6 12.3 1.0 38.7 1.5
Non-Hispanic, Black 14,115 14.5 58.1 3.5 11.4 1.9 30.5 3.2
Non-Hispanic, other 6,783 14.7 39.2 5.6 12.5 3.3 48.3 5.8
Gender Male 61,471 13.1 47.1 2.0 12.4 1.2 40.5 1.9
Female 59,545 17.8 53.8 1.6 11.2 1.1 35.1 1.5
Age 18-44 57,118 16.7 57.9 1.8 10.4 1.2 31.7 1.6
45-64 40,088 15.8 46.9 2.2 13.2 1.3 39.9 2.0
65 and over 23,711 11.2 34.2 2.8 13.1 2.3 52.8 3.3
Educationb Less than high school 24,031 18.1 62.6 2.4 7.9 1.3 29.5 2.4
High school graduate 38,750 14.2 55.0 2.2 10.0 1.3 35.0 1.9
At least some college 57,577 15.0 42.1 1.9 14.8 1.2 43.0 1.8
Employment statusc Employed 79,496 15.2 52.3 1.7 11.6 0.9 36.1 1.5
Not employed 17,706 21.7 57.5 2.9 11.1 1.6 31.4 2.9
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 73,274 13.2 41.0 1.9 14.7 1.1 44.3 1.8
Public only 9,006 27.8 52.5 3.2 15.0 2.4 32.5 3.2
Uninsured 15,025 25.0 86.8 2.1 DSU DSU 12.3 2.1
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 6,865 14.4 39.8 4.7 12.7 3.7 47.6 5.0
Medicare and private 13,874 9.3 29.8 3.7 9.4 2.6 60.8 4.3
Medicare and other public 2,772 13.0 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Family incomed Negative/poor 16,604 24.0 65.1 2.3 8.8 1.4 26.1 2.2
Near poor/low 23,126 20.2 67.6 2.3 7.6 1.2 24.8 2.3
Middle 36,898 14.3 51.4 2.4 12.8 1.4 35.8 2.3
High 44,389 10.6 22.1 2.0 17.0 1.7 60.9 2.4
Residence locatione Metropolitan-large 65,160 15.4 47.3 2.0 13.1 1.1 39.6 1.7
Metropolitan-small 35,876 15.7 53.5 2.2 10.2 1.3 36.3 2.3
Micropolitan 13,226 15.1 58.6 4.3 8.2 1.9 33.3 3.7
Noncore 6,753 14.4 56.5 4.6 12.9 3.2 30.6 5.4
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 102,754 13.3 48.1 1.6 11.9 0.9 40.0 1.4
Fair/poor 18,104 27.4 58.5 2.3 11.1 1.4 30.3 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 experienced difficulties. 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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