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Table 3.5c: National Waiting Time, 1997-1998

Percent emergent/urgent ED visits with waiting time to see the physician of one hour or greater, United States, 1997-1998
Population group Percent Standard error
Total 9.85 0.59
0-17 9.70 0.91
18-44 10.31 0.60
45-64 10.06 0.76
65 and over 8.88 0.78
Female 10.23 0.66
Male 9.41 0.60
White 9.43 0.62
Black 11.48 0.96
Asian/Pacific 10.76 2.09
American Indian DSU DSU
Payment source
Private 9.69 0.72
Medicare 8.94 0.78
Medicaid 10.65 1.04
Uninsured 10.21 0.82
Unknown 10.44 1.87
MSA 11.43 0.77
Non-MSA 5.83 0.70

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 3.5b: National Waiting Time, 1998-1999 Table 3.5d: National Waiting Time, 1999-2000

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