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Table 14_4_7-1b

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_4_7.1b
Adults who did not have problems seeing a specialist they needed to see in the last 12 months, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over82.
Family incomeaNegative/poor56.
Near poor/low69.01.671.31.873.
EducationbLess than high school66.61.670.41.671.11.870.03.754.83.2
High school graduate74.
At least some college72.80.973.40.974.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed69.70.970.
Not employed65.91.467.51.570.81.752.93.754.53.8
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private72.50.972.90.974.
Public only55.72.355.72.657.83.550.44.855.54.5
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only80.****
Medicare and private85.****
Medicare and other public71.23.972.84.581.74.3****
Residence locationcMetropolitan71.50.772.80.774.80.865.02.359.62.1
  Large central metro68.01.369.81.472.61.763.83.659.62.5
  Large fringe metro71.91.373.31.475.21.467.34.350.45.2
  Medium metro74.
  Small metro74.****
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish73.50.774.00.775.50.764.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good74.40.775.70.777.50.867.32.660.82.4
Activity limitationscBasic activities70.
Complex activities65.01.665.51.768.21.957.84.457.65.4
Neither basic nor complex activities73.00.774.30.876.30.865.42.660.22.5

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 14_4_7-1b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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