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Table 3.5d: National Waiting Time, 1999-2000

Percent semi-urgent/non-urgent ED visits with wait time greater than or equal to one hour, United States, 1999-2000
Population group Percent Standard error
Total 25.62 1.41
0-17 27.39 2.17
18-44 24.60 1.47
45-64 26.70 1.83
65 and over 22.70 1.98
Female 25.77 1.49
Male 25.44 1.54
White 23.66 1.50
Black 31.34 2.29
Asian/Pacific 25.85 3.86
American Indian 32.70 9.83
Payment source
Private 23.18 1.46
Medicare 23.22 1.88
Medicaid 28.57 1.96
Uninsured 29.44 1.93
Unknown 25.98 3.32
MSA 28.52 1.65
Non-MSA 14.40 2.31

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 semi-urgent/non-urgent care ED visits was one hour or more. All percentages were calculated using the weighted numbers.

"Race" excludes multiple race.

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

Table 3.5c: National Waiting Time, 1997-1998 Table 3.5e: National WaitingTime, 1998-1999

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