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Table 3.11
Emergency department visits in which the patient left without being seen,a United States, 1997-1998 and 2004-2005
Population group 2004-2005 1997-1998
Percent Standard error Percent Standard error
Total   1.97 0.12 1.21 0.10
Age 0-17 2.03 0.22 1.05 0.13
18-44 2.60 0.18 1.62 0.16
45-64 1.44 0.13 1.15 0.18
65 and over 0.75 0.11 DSU DSU
Raceb White only 1.82 0.13 0.99 0.09
Black only 2.53 0.23 2.06 0.25
Asian only DSU DSU DSU DSU
AI/AN DSU DSU DSU DSU
Multiple races DSU DSU NA NA
Gender Male 1.97 0.14 1.24 0.13
Female 1.96 0.14 1.19 0.11
Payment source Private 1.50 0.13 0.90 0.10
Medicare 0.92 0.13 DSU DSU
Medicaid 1.84 0.17 1.58 0.20
Uninsured 3.05 0.28 1.98 0.22
Location MSA 2.17 0.13 1.39 0.12
Non-MSA 0.71 0.16 0.65 0.13

a Percentages presented in this table are based on the total number of visits for the variable of interest. For example, total percent is the percent of all ED visits where the patient left before being seen. All percentages are calculated using weighted numbers.

b Race excludes multiple-race category in 1997-1998 data.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

NA - Not applicable.

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; MSA: metropolitan statistical area.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

 

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