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Table 3.6a: National Waiting Time, 1999-2000

Percent ED visits left before being seen, United States, 1999-2000
Population group Percent Standard error
Total 1.52 0.10
0-17 1.57 0.16
18-44 1.92 0.15
45-64 1.36 0.17
65 and over 0.50 0.10
Female 1.51 0.12
Male 1.54 0.12
White 1.38 0.10
Black 2.00 0.21
Asian/Pacific DSU DSU
American Indian DSU DSU
Payment source
Private 1.04 0.10
Medicare 0.66 0.11
Medicaid 1.72 0.17
Uninsured 2.81 0.24
Unknown 3.24 0.56
MSA 1.68 0.12
Non-MSA 1.01 0.15

The NHAMCS ED question is "Visit Disposition":  6.  Left before being seen

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 all ED visits where the patient left before being seen.  All percentages are calculated using 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 3.5f: National Waiting Time, 1997-1998 Table 3.6b: National Waiting Time, 1998-1999

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