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National Healthcare Disparities Report, 2005

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Table 3.2b. Socioeconomic Differences in Health Care Utilization

Core Report Measure Income Differencei Educational Differenceii Insurance Differenceiii
  <100% 100-199% 200-399% <HS HS Grad Uninsured
Dental Care
Persons with a dental visit in the past yeariv
Mental Health Care and Substance Abuse Treatment
Adults who received mental health treatment or counseling in the past yearv =  
Persons age 12 and older who received illicit drug or alcohol abuse treatment in the past yearv  

i Compared with persons with family incomes 400% of Federal poverty threshold or above.
ii Compared with persons with any college education.
iii Compared with persons under 65 with any private health insurance.
iv Source: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, 2002.
v Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2003. Insurance disparities were not analyzed.
Key: HS = high school.

Key to Symbols Used in Health Care Utilization Tables:

= Group and comparison group receive about same amount of health care.

↑ Group receives more health care than the comparison group.

↓ Group receives less health care than the comparison group.

Blank cell: Reliable estimate for group could not be made.



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