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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.5a
Among adults age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2003
        Appointment as soon as wanted
        Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Total population (in thousands)e Percent had appointment Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 213,354 28.9 60.2 0.8 25.5 0.7 14.3 0.6
Race White only 175,615 29.0 61.5 0.9 25.1 0.7 13.4 0.6
Black only 24,231 30.1 56.8 2.2 24.8 2.0 18.4 2.0
AI/AN only 1,455 34.7 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only 8,989 20.1 44.7 4.5 29.0 3.7 26.3 3.7
NHOPI only 653 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 2,410 34.7 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 26,414 24.2 46.6 2.1 32.9 2.1 20.6 1.6
Non-Hispanic, all races 186,940 29.5 61.8 0.9 24.6 0.7 13.6 0.7
Non-Hispanic, White 150,375 29.8 63.5 1.0 24.1 0.8 12.4 0.7
Non-Hispanic, Black 23,696 30.1 57.5 2.3 24.0 2.1 18.6 2.0
Non-Hispanic, other 12,868 24.7 46.7 3.4 33.4 3.0 20.0 2.4
Gender Male 102,726 25.8 59.3 1.3 24.9 1.0 15.8 0.9
Female 110,628 31.7 60.9 1.0 25.9 0.9 13.2 0.7
Age 18-44 109,549 26.4 56.4 1.2 25.6 1.0 17.9 0.9
45-64 69,216 30.3 60.6 1.5 25.6 1.1 13.8 0.9
65 and over 34,588 33.9 69.3 1.6 24.8 1.5 5.8 0.9
Educationa Less than high school 41,881 31.7 52.7 1.6 27.7 1.5 19.6 1.2
High school graduate 68,865 29.5 60.0 1.4 25.8 1.1 14.2 1.1
At least some college 101,335 27.3 64.3 1.2 24.0 1.1 11.7 0.8
Employment statusb Employed 143,962 26.3 59.4 1.1 25.6 0.9 15.1 0.8
Not employed 34,803 34.5 54.2 1.6 25.8 1.4 20.0 1.4
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 133,738 27.4 62.9 1.2 25.2 1.0 11.9 0.7
Public only 15,861 42.9 50.6 1.9 26.9 1.7 22.5 1.5
Uninsured 29,166 22.3 38.8 2.5 26.6 2.2 34.6 2.4
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 9,879 34.5 70.9 3.0 22.4 2.6 6.7 1.8
Medicare and private 20,660 32.7 70.4 2.5 25.0 2.3 4.6 1.2
Medicare and other public 3,731 41.3 62.1 4.4 28.6 4.1 9.3 2.1
Family incomec Negative/poor 22,629 34.3 52.3 2.2 21.8 1.5 25.8 1.8
Near poor/low 37,149 32.2 54.0 1.8 28.6 1.5 17.5 1.2
Middle 65,642 28.6 60.2 1.4 26.5 1.2 13.3 1.1
High 87,933 26.3 66.0 1.4 24.3 1.2 9.7 0.7
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 115,287 27.0 59.7 1.1 24.9 1.0 15.4 0.8
Metropolitan-small 63,129 30.1 62.0 1.6 24.8 1.2 13.2 1.1
Micropolitan 23,134 33.3 59.6 2.4 27.4 2.0 13.0 1.5
Noncore-adjacent 7,634 33.4 53.3 3.5 34.1 2.8 12.6 2.3
Noncore-not adjacent 4,170 28.5 66.6 5.8 19.0 4.7 14.5 3.3
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 185,679 25.3 62.3 0.9 24.9 0.8 12.8 0.6
Fair/Poor 27,658 53.1 53.6 1.6 27.4 1.5 19.0 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.

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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