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Table 3.5a: National Waiting Time, 1999-2000

Percent emergent/urgent ED visits with waiting time to see the physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1999-2000
State Percent Standard error
Total 12.13 0.68
0-17 12.70 1.05
18-44 13.07 0.78
45-64 12.35 0.90
65 and over 9.25 0.72
Female 12.19 0.72
Male 12.07 0.74
White 11.77 0.75
Black 14.04 0.97
Asian/Pacific 11.32 2.00
American Indian DSU DSU
Payment source
Private 12.44 0.83
Medicare 9.16 0.80
Medicaid 11.99 0.92
Uninsured 14.04 1.21
Unknown 14.80 1.59
MSA 14.31 0.83
Non-MSA 6.54 0.75

The NHAMCS ED question is "Immediacy With Which Patient Should Be Seen"

1) Unknown/no triage (excluded from the analysis)

2) Less than 15 minutes (Emergent)

3) 15-60 minutes (Urgent)

4) > 1 hour - 2 hours (Semi-urgent)

5) > 2 hours - 24 hours (Non-urgent)

Percentages presented in this table are based on the total number of visits for the variable of interest. For example, total percent is the percent of total ED visits where the waiting time for emergent or urgent care ED visits was one hour or more. All percentages were calculated using the weighted numbers.

"Race" excludes multiple race.

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

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.

Table 3.4f: Getting Appointments for Care by State Table 3.5b: National Waiting Time, 1998-1999

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