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2011 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 16_3_6.1_2b
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines due to financial or insurance reasons, by ethnicity, United States, 2008
  TotalAll racesWhiteBlackHispanic, all races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 65.21.563.91.763.11.970.72.674.62.5
65 and over46.33.544.93.741.14.2DSUDSUDSUDSU
Family incomeaNegative/poor78.31.978.
Near poor/low76.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school77.
High school graduate72.31.971.
At least some college57.
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed67.31.765.61.964.
Not employed74.32.373.72.674.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private55.52.355.22.554.42.668.
Public only72.62.473.52.577.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare onlyDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and private40.
Residence locationcMetropolitan64.21.762.71.961.
  Large central metro62.72.559.
  Large fringe metro61.
  Medium metro68.43.567.93.966.54.474.
  Small metro64.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish64.01.664.21.763.01.970.62.661.25.5
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good63.31.861.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities67.
Complex activities70.42.771.12.870.93.4DSUDSUDSUDSU
Neither basic nor complex activities66.21.763.91.962.
U.S. bornYes64.61.764.51.763.51.969.82.865.44.3

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 B: Detailed Methods.

DSU - 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.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T16_3_6_1_2b: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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