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Table 15_1_2-1b

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 15_1_2.1b
People who received a prescription medication in the calendar year, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over91.10.691.50.691.90.690.21.485.82.2
Family incomeaNegative/poor57.10.861.
Near poor/low59.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school62.70.969.
High school graduate66.60.869.30.972.30.957.01.945.62.1
At least some college70.50.671.50.674.10.662.81.457.92.2
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed61.20.664.20.666.90.654.
Not employed69.50.872.00.976.
Health insurance, under age 65Any private63.40.664.60.667.40.653.81.352.51.6
Public only59.00.962.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only90.
Medicare and private92.60.792.60.792.70.892.62.1**
Medicare and other public90.01.591.31.692.
Residence locationcMetropolitan62.30.665.40.669.20.654.
  Large central metro56.70.860.
  Large fringe metro63.50.865.50.969.
  Medium metro67.
  Small metro66.51.568.41.670.51.557.64.949.53.0
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish66.30.567.20.570.20.555.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good60.20.563.20.667.10.649.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities92.30.692.60.692.70.792.31.588.82.0
Complex activities92.70.793.10.793.20.891.
Neither basic nor complex activities63.50.666.40.669.70.654.

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 15_1_2-1b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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