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Table 14_1_5-4c

2009 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_1_5.4c
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers usually explained things in a way they could understand, by family income,a United States, 2006
  TotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 30.80.528.
65 and over29.
RaceWhite, single race31.40.629.51.632.01.431.
Black, single race24.
Asian, single race36.22.9DSUDSUDSUDSU29.34.440.54.3
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races31.00.628.71.430.71.430.
Non-Hispanic, White31.60.730.31.932.11.631.
Non-Hispanic, Black24.
Hispanic, all races29.
EducationbLess than high school28.
High school graduate29.90.829.82.429.31.630.21.529.91.5
At least some college32.00.727.42.532.32.532.11.332.31.0
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed31.10.727.22.330.51.931.
Not employed31.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private31.30.725.
Public only31.31.430.81.932.22.530.13.8DSUDSU
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only31.41.823.84.636.
Medicare and private29.61.532.
Medicare and other public23.62.420.83.317.73.7DSUDSUDSUDSU
Residence locationcMetropolitan30.80.628.01.330.51.331.
  Large central metro29.
  Large fringe metro30.
  Medium metro32.
  Small metro29.91.729.23.627.43.731.12.930.03.8
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish30.70.628.01.430.71.431.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good30.30.627.61.529.61.530.
Activity limitationscBasic activities32.
Complex activities32.21.432.52.329.72.330.32.837.13.1
Neither basic nor complex activities30.50.627.71.630.61.530.

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

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; SE: standard error.

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


Current as of March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 14_1_5-4c: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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