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Table 4.6a
Among children under age 18 who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often their health providers explained things clearly to their parents, United States, 2004
Population group Total population (in thousands)d Percent had visit Health providers explained things clearly
Always Usually Sometimes or never
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   73,332 76.3 77.2 0.8 18.3 0.7 4.5 0.3
Race White, single race 56,648 77.5 77.4 0.8 18.3 0.8 4.3 0.4
Black, single race 11,185 71.1 79.6 2.2 15.8 1.8 4.5 1.0
AI/AN, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race 2,736 75.5 69.3 4.1 22.1 4.0 DSU DSU
NHOPI, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,962 77.2 68.8 5.3 26.6 5.1 DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 14,375 67.9 74.1 1.5 18.9 1.4 7.0 0.7
Non-Hispanic, all races 58,957 78.3 77.8 0.9 18.2 0.8 4.0 0.4
Non-Hispanic, White 43,016 80.6 78.3 1.0 18.1 1.0 3.7 0.4
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,893 70.8 79.6 2.2 16.0 1.8 4.4 1.0
Non-Hispanic, other 5,049 74.7 70.1 2.9 23.4 2.8 6.6 1.9
Gender Male 37,430 76.2 77.8 1.0 17.5 0.9 4.7 0.4
Female 35,902 76.3 76.5 1.0 19.1 1.0 4.4 0.5
Age 0-5 23,404 88.1 77.1 1.2 17.7 1.0 5.2 0.6
6-17 49,928 70.7 77.2 0.9 18.7 0.9 4.1 0.4
Health insurance Any private 47,037 79.9 79.0 1.0 17.9 0.9 3.0 0.3
Public only 21,040 73.9 73.2 1.3 19.2 1.1 7.6 0.8
Uninsured 5,256 52.7 74.2 3.7 17.7 3.6 8.0 1.8
Family incomea Negative/poor 13,346 71.3 71.9 1.8 20.5 1.5 7.6 1.0
Near poor/low 15,596 71.2 75.7 1.7 17.7 1.5 6.5 1.0
Middle 23,843 74.3 76.5 1.5 19.3 1.4 4.2 0.6
High 20,548 85.6 81.6 1.4 16.4 1.3 1.9 0.4
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 41,130 77.2 77.7 1.0 17.6 0.9 4.7 0.5
Metropolitan-small 20,120 76.3 76.6 1.7 19.9 1.6 3.5 0.5
Micropolitan 7,147 72.8 77.8 2.3 17.0 2.1 5.2 1.2
Noncore 4,934 73.4 74.5 3.5 19.1 2.7 6.4 1.7
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,833 76.0 77.4 0.8 18.2 0.8 4.4 0.4
Fair/poor 1,499 90.1 66.7 4.1 23.1 3.6 10.2 2.5
CSHCNc Yes 13,835 89.5 74.2 1.5 20.5 1.5 5.3 0.7
No 59,039 73.1 78.2 0.9 17.5 0.8 4.3 0.4

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 For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

c Unknown is not shown.

d Total child population. Numbers of subpopulation categories may not add to total due to missing data 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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