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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.6a
Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for an illness or injury 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 23.8 76.4 1.1 14.4 0.9 9.1 0.7
Race White only 56,717 24.5 76.7 1.3 14.1 1.0 9.2 0.8
Black only 11,271 21.2 79.4 2.4 12.5 2.0 8.2 1.5
AI/AN only 547 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian only 2,609 12.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI only 199 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,820 28.4 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,776 19.0 68.5 2.6 17.5 2.1 13.9 1.7
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,387 24.9 77.8 1.3 13.9 1.0 8.3 0.8
Non-Hispanic, White 43,547 26.3 78.5 1.5 13.4 1.2 8.1 0.9
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,999 21.1 79.6 2.4 12.5 2.1 7.9 1.5
Non-Hispanic, other 4,841 21.2 66.3 4.3 22.8 4.0 10.9 2.4
Gender Male 37,420 24.1 76.1 1.5 15.0 1.2 8.9 1.0
Female 35,743 23.5 76.8 1.6 13.9 1.3 9.3 1.0
Age 0-5 23,093 28.6 75.5 1.7 14.9 1.5 9.6 1.1
6-17 50,069 21.6 77.0 1.4 14.2 1.2 8.8 1.0
Health insurance Any private 47,598 24.6 79.6 1.5 13.0 1.3 7.4 0.8
Public only 20,513 23.4 68.1 2.2 17.7 1.7 14.2 1.6
Uninsured 5,052 18.1 79.9 3.9 15.4 3.6 DSU DSU
Family incomea Negative/poor 12,787 22.4 72.8 2.3 14.7 1.8 12.5 1.7
Near poor/low income 15,711 24.0 71.7 2.5 15.6 2.0 12.6 1.9
Middle income 24,154 23.2 73.2 2.2 16.8 1.9 10.0 1.2
High income 20,510 25.3 85.4 1.8 10.9 1.7 3.8 0.9
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 40,840 22.3 78.2 1.5 12.8 1.2 9.0 1.0
Metropolitan-small 21,471 25.1 71.9 2.4 17.6 2.0 10.5 1.5
Micropolitan 6,936 25.0 79.9 3.6 11.7 3.1 8.4 1.9
Noncore 3,916 30.8 78.4 3.7 16.5 3.3 DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,567 23.3 77.1 1.1 14.0 1.0 8.8 0.7
Fair/Poor 1,594 47.1 60.7 5.5 23.6 5.1 15.7 4.0
CSHCNc Yes 14,252 35.7 73.1 2.3 17.4 1.9 9.5 1.5
No 58,203 20.8 77.9 1.2 13.0 1.0 9.1 0.8

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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