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Table 12_1_11-3b

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 12_1_11.3b
Rating of 9–10 on a scale from 0 to 10 of health care by adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over62.51.362.21.363.41.457.43.467.34.0
Family incomeaNegative/poor41.81.640.31.842.52.337.32.449.42.7
Near poor/low50.01.349.41.550.61.647.
EducationbLess than high school49.61.349.01.550.81.743.92.451.72.3
High school graduate50.
At least some college48.00.848.40.849.90.943.22.341.22.8
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed45.50.745.50.747.10.839.
Not employed45.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private46.70.746.80.848.30.940.
Public only41.11.839.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only60.**
Medicare and private64.91.764.61.765.41.858.45.1**
Medicare and other public56.92.953.73.456.84.556.
Residence locationcMetropolitan48.60.748.70.850.70.842.01.747.91.6
  Large central metro46.
  Large fringe metro50.11.450.01.552.11.644.03.850.73.9
  Medium metro50.61.550.71.551.11.646.83.349.54.9
  Small metro47.21.747.21.847.41.647.67.447.54.9
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish49.10.749.30.750.70.742.01.646.12.6
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good49.90.650.10.752.10.742.51.947.71.8
Activity limitationscBasic activities48.81.548.71.549.21.747.
Complex activities43.31.743.11.743.
Neither basic nor complex activities49.00.749.20.751.20.840.91.947.81.7

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: 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 12_1_11-3b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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