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Table 3.8b
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, 2002
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   211,389 29.9 57.7 0.8 27.0 0.7 15.3 0.5
Race White, single race 174,268 29.7 58.5 0.8 27.0 0.8 14.5 0.5
Black, single race 23,794 32.2 56.5 1.9 24.5 1.5 19.0 1.6
AI/AN, single race 1,765 37.1 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Asian, single race 8,739 20.3 43.3 4.5 34.0 4.5 22.7 3.6
NHOPI, single race 569 DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races 2,254 48.6 50.3 5.7 33.9 5.3 15.8 3.6
Ethnicity Hispanic, all races 25,849 26.6 45.1 1.8 29.1 1.7 25.8 1.7
Non-Hispanic, all races 185,541 30.3 59.2 0.8 26.8 0.7 14.1 0.5
Non-Hispanic, White 149,367 30.3 60.5 0.9 26.6 0.8 12.9 0.6
Non-Hispanic, Black 23,442 32.1 56.5 1.9 24.6 1.5 18.9 1.6
Non-Hispanic, other 12,731 28.0 47.5 2.9 33.2 3.0 19.2 2.3
Gender Male 101,486 26.8 57.3 1.1 26.8 0.9 15.9 0.8
Female 109,904 32.8 58.0 0.9 27.2 0.8 14.9 0.6
Age 18-44 109,805 27.1 52.3 1.1 28.3 1.0 19.4 0.8
45-64 67,411 31.2 58.5 1.4 28.1 1.1 13.4 0.8
65 and over 34,173 36.3 69.5 1.6 21.9 1.4 8.5 0.8
Educationa Less than high school 44,519 33.3 52.3 1.4 25.6 1.3 22.1 1.1
High school graduate 69,198 30.3 58.8 1.3 28.0 1.2 13.2 0.8
At least some college 96,344 28.1 59.7 1.2 27.0 1.1 13.3 0.7
Employment statusb Employed 142,664 27.0 55.6 1.0 28.5 0.9 15.9 0.6
Not employed 34,543 35.7 52.5 1.5 27.3 1.3 20.2 1.2
Health insurance, ages 18-64 Any private 134,592 28.0 57.9 1.0 28.4 0.9 13.7 0.6
Public only 14,896 44.4 51.0 1.9 29.3 1.6 19.7 1.3
Uninsured 27,728 23.7 41.1 2.0 26.1 1.7 32.8 1.8
Health insurance, age 65 and over Medicare only 9,790 36.0 65.3 3.2 25.5 2.8 9.2 1.8
Medicare and private 20,417 35.6 72.8 2.1 20.8 1.9 6.4 1.0
Medicare and other public 3,692 43.1 64.6 3.2 18.5 2.7 16.9 2.8
Family incomec Negative/poor 22,136 36.6 51.1 1.7 26.1 1.5 22.8 1.3
Near poor/low 36,048 33.7 52.6 1.5 27.1 1.3 20.3 1.1
Middle 66,429 29.0 56.7 1.3 27.4 1.2 15.9 0.9
High 86,776 27.3 63.1 1.3 27.0 1.2 9.9 0.7
Residence locationd Metropolitan-large 114,937 28.3 56.4 1.1 27.4 0.9 16.2 0.8
Metropolitan-small 61,731 30.9 58.4 1.6 27.0 1.4 14.6 0.7
Micropolitan 23,250 33.4 59.8 1.8 26.0 1.5 14.2 1.3
Noncore-adjacent 7,878 36.2 60.0 3.3 24.2 2.5 15.8 2.4
Noncore-not adjacent 3,593 26.8 62.5 6.4 29.9 5.0 DSU DSU
Perceived health status Excellent/very good/good 183,616 26.4 59.1 0.9 26.8 0.8 14.1 0.5
Fair/poor 27,773 53.2 53.0 1.3 27.7 1.1 19.3 1.1

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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