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Table 10_3_2-2c

2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports

The National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is a comprehensive national overview of quality of health care in the United States. It is organized around four dimensions of quality of care: effectiveness, patient safety, timeliness, and patient centeredness.

Table 10_3_2.2c
People with a usual source of care who usually asks about prescription medications and treatments from other doctors, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over76.
RaceWhite, single race78.10.776.71.576.41.477.
Black, single race75.71.474.
Asian, single race78.52.4**
NHOPI, single race86.46.0********
AI/AN, single race75.77.7********
Multiple races72.23.976.55.675.28.563.96.475.16.7
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races77.40.775.91.474.91.576.
Non-Hispanic, White77.70.875.61.875.21.676.
Non-Hispanic, Black75.71.574.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school77.
High school graduate77.
At least some college80.60.777.62.779.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed79.50.777.42.476.51.779.
Not employed80.
Health insurance, under age 65Any private78.60.775.
Public only74.81.375.21.772.32.377.22.881.14.7
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only73.02.472.36.572.93.370.
Medicare and private77.01.678.14.978.
Medicare and other public80.****
Residence locationcMetropolitan77.80.776.91.576.01.577.
  Large central metro78.
  Large fringe metro77.
  Medium metro76.71.781.12.875.33.475.
  Small metro80.42.476.13.674.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish77.30.775.41.474.71.576.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good77.40.775.71.575.21.577.
Activity limitations, c age 18 and overBasic activities79.
Complex activities81.01.379.
Neither basic nor complex activities78.80.775.81.777.01.578.

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over the poverty line to just below 200 percent of the poverty line; middle, 200 percent to just below 400 percent of the poverty line; and high, 400 percent of the poverty line and over.

b Less than high school refers to fewer than 12 years of education; high school graduate, 12 years of education; and at least some college, more than 12 years of education.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

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

Key: AI/AN: American Indian or Alaska Native; NHOPI: Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; SE: standard error.

Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Center for Financing, Access and Cost Trends, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey.


Current as of September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 10_3_2-2c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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