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Table 3.4a
Percent of persons unable to receive or delayed in receiving needed dental care 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 5.9 65.3 1.7 8.0 1.0 27.6 1.6
Race White, single race 236,409 5.7 67.7 1.9 7.9 1.1 25.0 1.7
Black, single race 36,546 7.4 57.3 3.9 6.4 1.6 39.0 4.0
AI/AN, single race 2109.0 6.90 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race 12,327 3.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
NHOPI, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 5,129 9.8 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 42,212 5.7 76.0 2.9 5.8 1.6 18.3 2.6
Non-Hispanic, all races 251,315 5.9 63.6 1.9 8.3 1.1 29.1 1.8
Non-Hispanic, White 196,305 5.8 65.7 2.2 8.3 1.3 26.7 1.9
Non-Hispanic, Black 35,548 7.3 57.9 4.1 6.7 1.6 38.4 4.2
Non-Hispanic, other 19,461 5.4 56.0 6.7 DSU DSU 32.1 6.0
Gender Male 143,869 5.5 66.3 2.5 5.9 1.1 28.4 2.4
Female 149,658 6.3 64.6 1.9 9.7 1.3 27.0 1.8
Age 0-17 73,341 3.0 57.5 4.0 10.5 2.8 32.9 3.9
18-44 111,219 8.1 68.9 2.0 7.4 1.1 24.5 2.0
45-64 70,867 6.5 66.5 2.5 6.9 1.2 27.7 2.4
65 and over 35,864 3.9 50.5 4.8 DSU DSU 39.6 4.9
Educationa Less than high school 41,345 9.3 76.7 2.2 5.7 1.2 19.0 2.3
High school graduate 70,601 7.6 68.6 2.6 8.5 1.5 23.5 2.4
At least some college 105,725 5.5 58.2 2.7 7.9 1.5 35.0 2.7
Employment statusb Employed 146,148 6.8 66.9 2.0 6.8 1.0 27.0 1.9
Not employed 36,574 10.1 71.5 3.0 8.5 1.6 21.5 2.5
Health insurance, ages 0-64 Any private 182,562 4.5 54.8 2.5 9.7 1.6 36.7 2.5
Public only 37,520 8.6 63.0 3.5 12.1 1.9 26.2 3.1
Uninsured 35,346 12.6 90.8 2.0 DSU DSU 8.4 2.0
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 10,416 3.2 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Medicare and private 20,912 3.9 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Medicare and other public 4,244 5.8 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Family incomec Negative/poor 37,707 9.7 74.6 3.1 7.1 2.0 19.7 2.6
Near poor/low 53,964 9.0 71.5 2.7 7.9 1.5 21.2 2.7
Middle 93,355 6.1 71.1 2.6 7.3 1.7 22.7 2.2
High 108,500 2.9 35.2 3.9 10.1 2.4 55.1 4.1
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 161,040 5.8 65.5 2.4 7.7 1.1 27.9 2.3
Metropolitan-small 82,408 6.3 64.1 3.1 10.3 2.3 26.2 2.7
Micropolitan 31,423 5.3 65.3 4.3 6.8 2.0 29.3 4.1
Noncore-adjacent 12,945 6.1 69.3 6.2 DSU DSU 30.2 6.3
Noncore-not adjacent 5,711 5.3 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 259,993 5.2 63.4 1.7 8.2 1.1 29.4 1.7
Fair/poor 31,643 11.8 72.6 2.9 7.1 1.6 21.2 2.7

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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