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Table 3.5f: National Waiting Time, 1997-1998

Percent semi-urgent/non-urgent ED visits with wait time greater than or equal to one hour, United States, 1997-1998
Population group Percent Standard error
Total 22.40 1.24
0-17 21.62 1.51
18-44 22.46 1.42
45-64 23.14 1.82
65 and over 23.33 1.85
Female 23.15 1.31
Male 21.59 1.38
White 21.31 1.27
Black 25.67 2.19
Asian/Pacific 23.51 4.33
American Indian DSU DSU
Payment source
Private 21.07 1.12
Medicare 24.74 2.19
Medicaid 24.14 1.63
Uninsured 21.25 2.32
Unknown 27.79 3.40
MSA 25.14 1.45
Non-MSA 10.65 1.47

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 or non-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 3.5e: National WaitingTime, 1998-1999 Table 3.6a: National Waiting Time, 1999-2000

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