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Table 14_3_4-2

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 14_3_4.2
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines in the last 12 months due to financial or insurance reasons, United States, 2002
Population groupTotal population (in thousands)Main reasonsd
Couldn't affordInsurance relatedOther
65 and over36,25634.32.815.12.357.73.0
RaceWhite, single race233,53047.71.415.00.944.31.3
Black, single race35,50455.02.811.31.638.82.8
Asian, single race11,567******
NHOPI, single race884******
AI/AN, single race2,583******
Multiple races4,114******
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races248,51746.51.415.30.945.41.3
Non-Hispanic, White195,46345.51.615.
Non-Hispanic, Black34,87554.82.911.41.639.12.8
Family incomeaNegative/poor35,61863.
Near poor/low52,63964.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school45,28263.
High school graduate69,82952.21.813.71.440.31.7
At least some college97,85540.01.716.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed143,28050.31.514.20.942.01.3
Not employed35,66554.82.313.81.440.42.2
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private183,51938.41.717.
Public only34,24948.62.518.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only10,20241.44.514.63.853.14.8
Medicare and private20,64828.53.511.62.964.84.0
Medicare and other public3,788******
Residence locationcMetropolitan241,33047.61.315.20.943.81.2
  Large central metro87,68347.42.315.51.444.52.1
  Large fringe metro69,80240.72.516.81.949.32.4
  Medium metro58,57052.12.714.31.540.52.5
  Small metro25,27555.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish252,87146.51.315.00.845.61.2
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good255,68347.31.514.50.944.41.4
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities27,55447.42.315.21.547.42.3
Complex activities16,39848.82.316.71.945.72.4
Neither basic nor complex activities179,24349.81.413.60.942.21.3

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.

d Denominator is persons who experienced difficulty. Responses unrelated to inability to afford care or insurance were collapsed into the "Other" category. For a full list of responses, see the documentation for the MEPS public use file.

* - 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 14_3_4-2: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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