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Table 3.7b
Among children under age 18 who had appointments reported for routine health care in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2002
Population group Total population (in thousands)d Percent had appointment Appointment as soon as wanted
Always Usually Sometimes or never
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   72,699 68.6 66.9 0.9 22.9 0.7 10.2 0.5
Race White, single race 56,132 70.5 66.9 0.9 23.4 0.8 9.7 0.5
Black, single race 11,123 60.0 70.1 2.4 18.9 2.1 11.0 1.2
AI/AN, single race 815 57.5 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race 2,576 60.3 55.2 4.6 24.4 2.8 20.4 4.2
NHOPI, single race DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 1,757 76.7 63.9 5.0 26.5 4.6 9.6 2.5
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 13,297 59.1 60.4 2.1 25.5 1.6 14.1 1.3
Non-Hispanic, all races 59,402 70.7 68.1 0.9 22.4 0.8 9.5 0.5
Non-Hispanic, White 43,463 74.1 68.6 1.0 22.7 0.9 8.7 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 10,859 59.7 70.3 2.4 18.9 2.1 10.8 1.2
Non-Hispanic, other 5,080 65.4 58.5 3.2 26.4 2.6 15.1 2.4
Gender Male 37,236 68.2 67.1 1.0 22.3 0.8 10.6 0.6
Female 35,463 68.9 66.6 1.1 23.5 1.0 9.9 0.6
Age 0-5 23,153 78.2 70.2 1.2 20.7 1.0 9.0 0.8
6-17 49,546 64.1 64.9 1.1 24.1 0.9 10.9 0.6
Health insurance Any private 47,956 73.4 67.9 1.0 23.1 0.9 9.0 0.6
Public only 19,360 63.0 64.2 1.6 22.7 1.4 13.1 1.1
Uninsured 5,382 45.5 65.1 3.4 21.3 2.9 13.5 2.4
Family incomea Negative/poor 12,438 58.1 62.9 2.2 23.0 2.0 14.2 1.3
Near poor/low 15,494 61.3 66.6 1.6 20.5 1.4 12.8 1.1
Middle 25,004 70.7 66.7 1.4 23.5 1.2 9.8 0.8
High 19,762 78.2 69.1 1.6 23.6 1.5 7.3 0.8
Residence locationb Metropolitan-large 40,563 69.1 65.2 1.2 23.5 1.0 11.3 0.7
Metropolitan-small 21,261 69.5 67.5 1.8 22.5 1.4 10.0 0.9
Micropolitan 7,223 64.9 71.3 2.3 21.3 2.3 7.4 1.1
Noncore 3,652 64.6 73.2 3.0 21.8 3.1 DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 71,080 68.3 67.0 0.9 22.9 0.7 10.0 0.5
Fair/poor 1,619 81.3 59.8 3.7 22.9 3.3 17.3 2.6
CSHCNc Yes 14,116 84.3 62.0 1.7 25.8 1.4 12.2 1.0
No 57,966 64.8 68.5 0.9 21.8 0.8 9.7 0.5

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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