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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.4a
Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for routine health care in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as they wanted, United States, 2003
        Appointment as soon as wanted
    Total population (in thousands)d Percent had appointment Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 73,163 69.1 70.2 0.9 21.1 0.9 8.7 0.5
Race White only 56,717 71.1 70.3 1.1 21.4 1.0 8.3 0.6
Black only 11,271 62.0 74.1 2.0 16.6 1.8 9.3 1.1
AI/AN only 547 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only 2,609 61.3 55.6 4.7 24.2 4.3 20.2 4.2
NHOPI only 199 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,820 68.9 64.5 4.4 28.8 4.0 DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,776 57.6 67.1 1.8 20.8 1.5 12.1 1.0
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,387 71.8 70.8 1.0 21.1 1.0 8.1 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 43,547 75.1 71.2 1.2 21.5 1.1 7.3 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,999 62.3 74.0 2.1 16.6 1.8 9.4 1.1
Non-Hispanic, other 4,841 64.0 59.9 3.1 27.2 2.9 13.0 2.5
Gender Male 37,420 68.4 70.0 1.2 21.5 1.1 8.5 0.6
Female 35,743 69.9 70.4 1.1 20.7 1.0 8.9 0.7
Age 0-5 23,093 80.3 71.8 1.3 20.4 1.1 7.8 0.7
6-17 50,069 64.0 69.3 1.1 21.5 1.1 9.2 0.6
Health insurance Any private 47,598 73.8 71.6 1.1 21.6 1.1 6.7 0.5
Public only 20,513 64.3 66.8 1.7 19.9 1.4 13.3 1.1
Uninsured 5,052 45.3 68.0 3.8 19.5 2.9 12.5 3.1
Family incomea Negative/poor 12,787 61.1 66.5 2.2 20.7 1.8 12.8 1.4
Near poor/low income 15,711 61.5 68.5 1.8 18.8 1.5 12.7 1.5
Middle income 24,154 69.3 69.4 1.5 23.1 1.4 7.5 0.9
High income 20,510 79.9 73.8 1.5 20.6 1.4 5.6 0.7
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 40,840 68.2 69.6 1.3 21.1 1.3 9.3 0.6
Metropolitan-small 21,471 71.5 69.7 1.6 22.0 1.3 8.3 1.1
Micropolitan 6,936 67.6 74.2 2.9 18.3 2.7 7.5 1.5
Noncore 3,916 68.9 72.7 3.3 20.8 3.0 6.5 1.7
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,567 68.9 70.6 1.0 21.0 0.9 8.4 0.5
Fair/Poor 1,594 80.2 55.3 4.0 25.5 4.0 19.2 3.3
CSHCNc Yes 14,252 83.4 64.1 1.9 25.5 1.7 10.4 1.0
No 58,203 65.5 72.1 0.9 19.7 0.8 8.2 0.6

a 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.

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

c Unknown is not shown.

d Total child population. Numbers of sub-population categories may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

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; 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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