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Table 3.4b
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, 2001
        Appointment as soon as wanted
    Total population (in thousands)c Percent had appointmentd Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 72,826 66.1 67.6 1.0 20.8 0.8 11.7 0.6
Race White 56,988 66.8 68.7 1.1 20.5 0.9 10.8 0.7
Black 11,622 63.6 66.3 2.4 21.5 2.0 12.2 1.2
API 3,290 63.3 58.3 4.7 19.9 3.1 21.9 4.2
AI/AN DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 12,963 58.6 64.0 2.0 20.7 1.4 15.4 1.5
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,863 67.8 68.3 1.0 20.8 0.9 11.0 0.7
Non-Hispanic, White 44,726 69.2 69.6 1.2 20.6 1.1 9.9 0.8
Non-Hispanic, Black 11,252 63.6 66.4 2.5 21.5 2.1 12.1 1.2
Non-Hispanic, other 3,884 62.8 57.5 4.4 21.1 2.9 21.5 3.8
Gender Male 37,264 65.6 68.8 1.2 20.2 1.0 11.0 0.8
Female 35,562 66.7 66.3 1.2 21.3 1.2 12.4 0.8
Age 0-5 23,710 80.4 69.7 1.3 19.8 1.0 10.6 0.9
6-17 49,115 59.2 66.2 1.2 21.4 1.1 12.4 0.7
Health insurance Any private 49,345 68.8 68.1 1.1 20.9 0.9 11.0 0.8
Public only 17,342 67.0 66.1 2.0 20.4 1.6 13.6 1.1
Uninsured 6,139 42.2 68.1 3.2 20.0 2.4 12.0 2.1
Family incomea Negative/poor 12,075 61.2 64.5 2.3 21.2 1.7 14.3 1.5
Near poor/low 15,876 57.0 62.3 2.1 24.2 2.0 13.4 1.2
Middle 23,483 64.9 66.8 1.5 21.7 1.4 11.5 0.9
High 21,392 77.1 72.6 1.6 17.8 1.2 9.6 1.1
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 41,207 67.8 66.4 1.3 21.4 1.1 12.2 0.8
Metropolitan-small 19,976 67.3 67.2 1.9 19.9 1.6 12.9 1.3
Micropolitan 7,527 59.5 73.2 2.4 19.6 2.1 7.3 1.2
Noncore 4,115 55.3 73.4 3.8 20.2 3.5 6.5 1.7
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,309 66.0 67.8 1.0 20.6 0.8 11.5 0.6
Fair/poor 1,516 73.7 57.9 4.7 25.6 4.0 16.5 3.3
CSHCN Yes 13,880 77.5 64.2 1.8 21.5 1.5 14.3 1.2
No 58,520 63.5 68.7 1.0 20.4 0.9 10.9 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 Total child population. Numbers may not add to total due to missing or rounding.

d Denominator is total 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; 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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