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2006 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Table 3.6b
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, 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 26.7 76.9 1.2 15.7 1.1 7.4 0.7
Race White 56,988 28.4 77.1 1.4 15.9 1.3 7.1 0.7
Black 11,622 21.8 74.2 3.0 15.7 2.4 10.1 1.8
API DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
AI/AN DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 12,963 20.6 71.8 2.6 16.6 2.1 11.7 1.7
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,863 28.1 77.7 1.3 15.6 1.2 6.7 0.7
Non-Hispanic, White 44,726 30.5 78.1 1.5 15.6 1.5 6.3 0.8
Non-Hispanic, Black 11,252 21.9 73.9 3.0 16.0 2.5 10.1 1.9
Non-Hispanic, other DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Gender Male 37,264 27.8 79.6 1.4 13.4 1.3 7.0 0.9
Female 35,562 25.6 73.8 1.6 18.4 1.4 7.8 0.9
Age 0-5 23,710 31.5 77.9 1.7 14.4 1.4 7.7 1.0
6-17 49,115 24.4 76.3 1.5 16.5 1.5 7.2 0.8
Health insurance Any private 49,345 28.3 79.2 1.4 15.3 1.3 5.5 0.7
Public only 17,342 24.8 70.3 2.4 16.9 2.0 12.8 1.5
Uninsured 6,139 19.9 73.6 4.7 17.1 4.0 9.2 2.4
Family incomea Negative/poor 12,075 23.2 70.0 3.0 16.2 2.2 13.8 2.0
Near poor/low 15,876 23.1 72.0 2.6 17.3 2.2 10.7 1.5
Middle 23,483 27.0 77.3 1.8 18.2 1.6 4.5 0.8
High 21,392 31.2 82.2 2.0 12.2 2.0 5.6 1.1
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 41,207 25.3 75.7 1.9 16.5 1.7 7.8 0.9
Metropolitan-small 19,976 28.9 76.7 2.3 15.8 1.9 7.5 1.2
Micropolitan 7,527 30.3 80.3 2.9 13.0 2.5 6.8 1.7
Noncore 4,115 24.5 82.6 3.3 13.4 3.0 DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,309 26.0 77.5 1.2 15.4 1.1 7.1 0.7
Fair/poor 1,516 61.7 65.0 4.9 21.2 4.4 13.8 3.3
CSHCN Yes 13,880 39.7 72.9 2.2 18.5 1.9 8.6 1.2
No 58,520 23.5 78.7 1.2 14.4 1.2 6.9 0.7

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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