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Table 14_4_6-1b

2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 14_4_6.1b
People with difficulty contacting their usual source of care over the telephone, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over17.40.917.40.917.
Family incomeaNegative/poor18.
Near poor/low15.60.915.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school18.
High school graduate16.40.816.30.816.50.913.21.617.11.9
At least some college18.20.718.30.718.50.813.81.618.01.9
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed17.10.717.10.717.30.913.81.517.01.3
Not employed20.
Health insurance, under age 65Any private15.30.615.40.615.80.711.51.313.41.3
Public only17.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only17.71.617.91.716.81.822.14.9**
Medicare and private17.**
Medicare and other public16.22.516.**16.53.6
Residence locationcMetropolitan16.30.616.20.616.20.715.
  Large central metro17.70.917.
  Large fringe metro16.10.916.
  Medium metro15.
  Small metro13.21.613.21.612.91.910.92.612.72.2
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish16.10.616.10.616.20.614.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good15.20.515.30.615.40.613.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities21.90.922.
Complex activities24.31.324.31.325.11.621.42.325.43.4
Neither basic nor complex activities16.70.616.60.616.80.712.

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, at or 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 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.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

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

Key: SE: standard error.

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


Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 14_4_6-1b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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