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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.2B_d
Percent of families unable to receive or delayed in receiving needed 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 5.4 52.1 2.1 14.8 1.5 33.1 2.1
Race White only 99,578 5.4 50.7 2.3 15.3 1.7 34.0 2.3
Black only 14,322 5.4 68.3 5.6 10.5 2.8 21.2 5.2
AI/AN only 996 9.8 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI only DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,407 14.8 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,103 4.1 68.8 6.3 DSU DSU 24.4 6.3
Non-Hispanic, all races 107,912 5.6 50.6 2.3 15.5 1.6 33.9 2.3
Non-Hispanic, White 87,014 5.6 48.9 2.5 16.2 1.8 34.9 2.5
Non-Hispanic, Black 14,115 5.4 67.7 5.7 10.7 2.8 21.6 5.3
Non-Hispanic, other 6,783 6.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Gender Male 61,471 4.1 41.6 3.3 15.5 2.4 43.0 3.8
Female 59,545 6.8 58.7 2.7 14.3 2.0 27.0 2.3
Age 18-44 57,118 5.2 60.5 3.3 12.5 2.5 27.0 2.9
45-64 40,088 6.1 48.2 3.7 16.6 2.8 35.2 3.6
65 and over 23,711 4.9 38.7 4.9 16.7 3.6 44.6 5.2
Educationb Less than high school 24,031 7.3 65.3 3.6 10.3 2.4 24.5 3.3
High school graduate 38,750 5.3 56.1 4.0 11.1 2.6 32.8 3.5
At least some college 57,577 4.8 40.7 3.3 20.5 2.7 38.8 3.7
Employment statusc Employed 79,496 4.9 53.6 3.1 15.3 2.0 31.1 2.9
Not employed 17,706 8.6 58.3 4.6 11.9 2.7 29.8 4.6
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 73,274 4.4 41.4 3.2 20.8 2.5 37.8 3.5
Public only 9,006 11.9 56.2 5.6 DSU DSU 34.5 5.3
Uninsured 15,025 7.2 93.9 2.4 0.0 0.0 DSU DSU
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 6,865 5.7 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Medicare and private 13,874 4.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Medicare and other public 2,772 7.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Family incomed Negative/poor 16,604 10.1 67.9 4.0 5.3 1.3 26.8 3.9
Near poor/low 23,126 7.7 64.7 4.2 11.8 2.7 23.5 4.0
Middle 36,898 4.6 51.3 4.2 17.1 2.8 31.6 4.2
High 44,389 3.2 18.5 3.2 26.9 4.2 54.6 4.8
Residence locatione Metropolitan-large 65,160 5.1 46.6 3.1 15.8 2.0 37.6 3.0
Metropolitan-small 35,876 5.6 58.4 3.7 13.7 3.1 27.9 3.9
Micropolitan 13,226 5.9 59.0 5.7 11.4 2.9 29.6 4.8
Noncore 6,753 6.0 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 102,754 4.2 48.4 2.6 15.5 2.0 36.2 2.5
Fair/poor 18,104 12.4 59.4 3.4 13.4 2.4 27.2 3.1

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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