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Table 3.2a
Percent of persons unable to receive or delayed in receiving needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medications, by main reasons, United States, 2004
Population group Total population (in thousands) Percent experienced difficultye Main reasonsf
Couldn't afford Insurance related Other
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   293,527 11.0 52.6 1.4 13.0 0.9 41.9 1.3
Race White, single race 236,409 11.0 52.3 1.5 13.1 1.0 41.8 1.5
Black, single race 36,546 11.4 55.0 2.8 10.7 1.6 42.8 3.3
AI/AN, single race 2109.0 14.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race 12,327 5.0 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI, single race 1,006 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 5,129 18.0 63.3 6.8 DSU DSU 29.8 5.6
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 42,212 9.1 69.6 2.6 10.1 1.5 27.2 2.5
Non-Hispanic, all races 251,315 11.3 50.3 1.4 13.4 1.0 43.8 1.4
Non-Hispanic, White 196,305 11.5 49.3 1.7 13.6 1.1 44.5 1.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 35,548 11.3 55.9 2.9 10.7 1.6 42.2 3.3
Non-Hispanic, other 19,461 9.4 50.5 5.1 16.7 3.7 39.8 4.8
Gender Male 143,869 9.4 54.3 2.0 11.6 1.2 40.3 1.9
Female 149,658 12.5 51.3 1.5 14.0 1.0 43.0 1.6
Age 0-17 73,341 5.5 43.4 3.3 12.3 2.2 47.9 3.5
18-44 111,219 13.0 60.0 1.6 11.8 1.0 36.4 1.6
45-64 70,867 14.2 50.6 2.1 14.9 1.4 42.2 2.0
65 and over 35,864 9.6 37.4 3.1 13.4 2.1 57.1 3.1
Educationa Less than high school 41,345 16.0 68.6 2.0 10.4 1.3 29.8 1.9
High school graduate 70,601 13.1 58.3 2.3 13.2 1.5 36.4 2.2
At least some college 105,725 11.5 42.6 1.9 14.5 1.3 50.6 1.9
Employment statusb Employed 146,148 12.2 53.5 1.5 12.5 1.0 41.1 1.5
Not employed 36,574 18.8 63.2 2.5 14.5 1.6 32.5 2.3
Health insurance, ages 0-64 Any private 182,562 9.1 40.4 1.7 15.8 1.3 51.4 1.8
Public only 37,520 14.3 57.0 2.5 18.3 2.0 35.7 2.4
Uninsured 35,346 18.7 87.4 1.9 DSU DSU 15.1 1.9
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 10,416 8.8 44.6 5.9 DSU DSU 53.5 5.9
Medicare and private 20,912 9.7 31.1 3.5 11.7 2.7 64.1 3.8
Medicare and other public 4,244 11.4 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Family incomec Negative/poor 37,707 16.5 68.2 2.5 12.2 1.9 30.1 2.5
Near poor/low 53,964 14.1 67.0 2.2 10.4 1.2 29.7 2.2
Middle 93,355 11.2 55.3 2.2 13.1 1.3 38.7 2.1
High 108,500 7.4 23.7 2.2 16.1 2.0 66.3 2.2
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 161,040 10.7 50.0 1.8 13.6 1.1 44.1 1.8
Metropolitan-small 82,408 11.3 54.4 2.5 13.3 1.8 39.9 2.7
Micropolitan 31,423 11.1 52.9 4.4 13.9 2.9 40.2 3.8
Noncore-adjacent 12,945 13.0 62.6 5.2 DSU DSU 36.2 6.5
Noncore-not adjacent 5,711 8.8 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 259,993 9.2 50.3 1.4 12.2 0.9 43.1 1.4
Fair/poor 31,643 26.2 59.4 2.2 15.3 1.5 38.2 2.3

a Includes persons age 18 and over. 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 ages 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 For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

e Denominator includes persons eligible to access care. Numerator includes persons unable or delayed in receiving needed care.

f Denominator is persons who experienced difficulty. Responses unrelated to inability to afford care or insurance were collapsed into the "Other" category. For a full list of responses, see the documentation for the MEPS public use file.

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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