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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.3b
Among adults age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2000
        Appointment as soon as wanted
    Total population (in thousands)e Percent had appointmentf Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 202,738 68.0 43.1 0.8 37.0 0.7 19.9 0.6
Race White 170,084 69.4 43.1 0.9 37.8 0.8 19.1 0.6
Black 24,518 62.6 46.1 1.6 30.8 1.7 23.2 1.3
API 6,499 54.3 29.5 3.9 38.8 4.4 31.7 3.9
AI/AN DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 21,738 57.1 36.2 1.6 38.7 1.6 25.1 1.5
Non-Hispanic, all races 180,999 69.3 43.8 0.9 36.9 0.7 19.4 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 150,153 71.0 44.0 1.0 37.6 0.8 18.4 0.7
Non-Hispanic, Black 23,466 63.0 45.5 1.6 31.1 1.7 23.4 1.4
Non-Hispanic, other 7,380 54.3 33.4 3.7 37.6 4.2 29.0 3.3
Gender Male 97,198 58.1 44.2 1.2 37.1 0.9 18.7 0.8
Female 105,540 77.1 42.4 0.8 37.0 0.8 20.7 0.6
Age 18-44 108,439 57.8 37.7 1.1 37.8 1.0 24.5 0.9
45-64 61,509 75.4 43.4 1.0 38.2 0.9 18.4 0.9
65 and over 32,791 88.1 55.2 1.3 33.1 1.3 11.7 0.9
Educationa Less than high school 40,860 63.0 45.3 1.3 35.1 1.3 19.6 1.0
High school graduate 66,421 65.5 44.6 1.1 37.6 0.9 17.9 0.9
At least some college 93,918 72.0 41.1 1.1 37.4 0.9 21.4 0.8
Employment statusb Employed 140,394 62.5 39.2 0.9 38.2 0.8 22.6 0.7
Not employed 29,534 71.8 43.8 1.4 37.0 1.4 19.3 1.2
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 132,072 68.0 39.9 0.9 38.9 0.8 21.1 0.6
Public only 13,122 71.5 45.9 2.1 32.6 2.3 21.6 1.7
Uninsured 24,753 39.4 36.0 2.4 34.6 2.1 29.4 2.3
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 10,918 86.5 51.7 2.4 36.5 2.3 11.7 1.3
Medicare and private 18,453 89.0 57.9 1.8 30.8 1.7 11.3 1.3
Medicare and other public 3,238 88.3 51.3 3.6 35.2 3.8 13.5 2.2
Family incomec Negative/poor 19,351 64.8 47.0 1.8 30.0 1.7 22.9 1.5
Near poor/low 33,104 64.6 43.9 1.7 35.4 1.4 20.7 1.2
Middle 65,142 64.8 43.2 1.4 39.1 1.2 17.7 0.9
High 85,141 72.5 42.0 1.2 37.6 1.0 20.4 0.9
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 113,291 67.2 41.0 0.9 37.7 0.8 21.3 0.8
Metropolitan-small 53,724 69.6 44.6 1.7 36.8 1.2 18.6 1.1
Micropolitan 20,879 70.3 49.2 1.8 33.2 2.0 17.6 1.3
Noncore-adjacent 10,991 64.6 47.4 2.6 37.5 2.4 15.0 1.5
Noncore-not adjacent 3,853 67.8 38.9 3.6 38.4 1.7 22.7 3.9
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 177,944 65.8 42.9 0.8 36.9 0.7 20.2 0.6
Fair/poor 24,794 83.9 44.6 1.5 37.5 1.6 18.0 1.2

a 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.

b Employment status for persons age 18-64 only.

c 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.

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

e Total adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

f Denominator is total adult population, excluding missing values.

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

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; API: Asian or Pacific Islander.

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

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