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Table 3.5b
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, 2000
    Total population (in thousands)e Percent had appointmentf Appointment as soon as wanted
    Always Usually Sometimes/never
Population group Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total 202,738 34.4 54.1 1.2 29.3 1.1 16.7 0.6
Race White 170,084 34.9 54.6 1.1 29.2 0.9 16.2 0.7
Black 24,518 33.7 53.4 3.5 29.1 3.3 17.5 1.7
API DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
AI/AN DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 21,738 29.7 42.7 2.2 35.0 2.1 22.3 1.8
Non-Hispanic, all races 180,999 35.0 55.2 1.3 28.7 1.2 16.1 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 150,153 35.6 56.0 1.2 28.5 1.0 15.5 0.7
Non-Hispanic, Black 23,466 33.9 53.2 3.6 29.3 3.4 17.5 1.7
Non-Hispanic, other 7,380 26.6 43.8 5.6 30.4 4.6 25.8 4.2
Gender Male 97,198 30.1 55.1 1.5 28.0 1.3 16.9 1.0
Female 105,540 38.4 53.4 1.3 30.2 1.5 16.5 0.8
Age 18-44 108,439 32.7 47.7 1.7 32.0 1.5 20.3 1.0
45-64 61,509 35.3 58.3 1.5 25.8 1.4 15.9 1.1
65 and over 32,791 38.7 65.6 2.0 27.2 1.8 7.2 1.0
Educationa Less than high school 40,860 35.8 52.5 1.8 27.8 1.8 19.7 1.4
High school graduate 66,421 35.0 54.3 1.6 28.9 1.5 16.8 1.1
At least some college 93,918 33.5 54.5 1.8 30.2 1.5 15.3 0.9
Employment statusb Employed 140,394 32.3 51.2 1.4 30.4 1.3 18.5 0.8
Not employed 29,534 40.1 53.5 2.3 27.1 2.1 19.3 1.5
Health insurance, age 18-64 Any private 132,072 33.2 52.8 1.4 30.6 1.3 16.6 0.8
Public only 13,122 45.7 52.5 2.8 25.7 2.9 21.8 2.4
Uninsured 24,753 29.3 43.8 2.9 27.4 2.7 28.8 2.0
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 10,918 37.4 62.8 3.0 31.4 3.2 5.8 1.6
Medicare and private 18,453 37.2 69.0 2.5 23.6 2.3 7.4 1.5
Medicare and other public 3,238 50.1 58.4 5.2 30.9 5.3 DSU DSU
Family incomec Negative/poor 19,351 38.4 49.1 2.3 28.0 2.2 22.9 2.0
Near poor/low 33,104 35.5 52.1 2.3 27.9 2.1 20.0 1.6
Middle 65,142 34.6 53.9 2.0 31.9 1.7 14.1 1.0
High 85,141 33.0 56.3 1.7 28.1 1.5 15.6 1.0
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 113,291 33.1 52.2 1.7 31.1 1.6 16.7 0.9
Metropolitan-small 53,724 36.7 55.0 1.8 27.6 1.3 17.4 1.3
Micropolitan 20,879 35.5 59.1 2.4 24.1 1.9 16.9 1.8
Noncore-adjacent 10,991 33.5 58.6 3.40 28.6 3.17 12.8 1.93
Noncore-not adjacent 3,853 36.8 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 177,944 31.5 54.3 1.2 29.2 1.1 16.5 0.6
Fair/poor 24,794 55.9 53.4 2.5 29.3 2.2 17.4 1.5

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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