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Table 3.8a
Among persons age 18 and over who reported making an appointment for illness or injury in the last 12 months, percent distribution of how often they got an appointment as soon as wanted, United States, 2004
Population group Total population (in thousands)e Percent had appointment Appointment as soon as wanted
Always Usually Sometimes or never
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   215,999 28.9 59.5 0.8 26.3 0.6 14.2 0.5
Race White, single race 176,363 29.0 60.9 0.8 26.0 0.7 13.1 0.6
Black, single race 24,931 30.5 56.7 2.1 26.0 1.7 17.2 1.6
AI/AN, single race 1,564 34.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race 9,329 18.8 44.9 5.9 28.4 4.5 26.7 4.5
NHOPI, single race 741 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 3,071 35.8 48.6 5.2 33.0 5.1 18.4 4.6
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 27,378 24.2 44.3 2.2 36.1 1.8 19.6 1.5
Non-Hispanic, all races 188,622 29.6 61.3 0.8 25.1 0.7 13.6 0.6
Non-Hispanic, White 150,409 30.0 63.2 0.9 24.7 0.8 12.1 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 24,207 30.3 56.7 2.2 25.8 1.8 17.5 1.6
Non-Hispanic, other 14,006 23.9 45.6 3.7 29.5 3.2 24.9 3.1
Gender Male 103,946 25.4 58.6 1.1 26.1 1.0 15.3 0.8
Female 112,053 32.1 60.2 1.1 26.4 0.9 13.4 0.6
Age 18-44 109,629 26.0 55.0 1.2 27.0 1.0 18.0 0.8
45-64 71,233 29.7 59.3 1.3 27.7 1.1 13.0 0.8
65 and over 35,137 36.4 70.5 1.4 22.2 1.4 7.4 0.9
Educationa Less than high school 40,215 32.1 53.7 1.7 27.2 1.3 19.1 1.4
High school graduate 69,784 29.7 58.5 1.3 27.2 1.2 14.3 0.9
At least some college 104,709 27.1 62.9 1.0 25.2 0.9 11.9 0.7
Employment statusb Employed 145,008 26.0 58.1 1.1 26.7 0.9 15.2 0.7
Not employed 35,809 33.4 52.6 1.6 29.2 1.5 18.3 1.3
Health insurance, ages 18-64 Any private 134,590 27.0 61.6 1.0 26.7 0.9 11.7 0.7
Public only 16,485 42.9 51.0 2.1 27.0 1.8 22.0 1.8
Uninsured 29,787 21.2 35.0 2.4 31.1 2.2 33.8 2.3
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 10,015 37.3 69.3 2.8 22.0 2.3 8.8 1.8
Medicare and private 20,890 33.6 72.2 2.0 22.5 2.1 5.4 1.2
Medicare and other public 3,985 48.6 66.6 4.0 21.8 3.3 11.6 2.9
Family incomec Negative/poor 23,527 35.3 49.3 2.0 25.7 1.5 25.0 1.9
Near poor/low 37,172 31.8 55.7 1.7 28.7 1.7 15.6 1.2
Middle 68,157 28.8 58.3 1.5 28.2 1.3 13.5 0.9
High 87,144 26.0 66.1 1.2 23.7 1.1 10.3 0.9
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 116,818 27.4 58.4 1.2 26.7 0.9 14.9 0.9
Metropolitan-small 61,870 30.1 59.6 1.4 26.7 1.1 13.8 0.9
Micropolitan 24,112 30.5 62.3 2.2 24.7 1.9 13.0 1.2
Noncore-adjacent 9,153 33.6 61.9 3.1 24.8 3.1 13.3 2.5
Noncore-not adjacent 4,047 32.9 65.8 5.8 22.8 3.5 DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 186,777 25.2 62.0 0.9 25.3 0.7 12.6 0.6
Fair/poor 29,182 52.6 51.5 1.4 29.3 1.3 19.2 1.3

a 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 Total adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers 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.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.

 

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