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Table 15_1_4-1b

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 15_1_4.1b
People who had a hospital emergency room visit in the calendar year, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over20.30.720.50.820.20.924.01.917.62.8
Family incomeaNegative/poor20.20.822.
Near poor/low17.30.619.20.719.00.820.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school19.40.722.30.922.
High school graduate14.80.515.40.615.10.618.01.310.31.2
At least some college11.70.411.60.411.30.516.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed11.60.311.90.411.50.516.
Not employed18.20.718.40.817.90.922.71.617.61.3
Health insurance, under age 65Any private11.50.311.50.311.20.414.60.711.81.0
Public only20.40.822.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only22.41.522.81.622.71.921.
Medicare and private18.30.918.20.918.**
Medicare and other public25.
Residence locationcMetropolitan13.50.313.80.413.50.417.10.611.80.7
  Large central metro12.60.513.20.612.60.917.50.910.80.8
  Large fringe metro12.90.512.90.612.70.715.
  Medium metro14.10.714.20.813.70.817.21.813.61.8
  Small metro17.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish14.30.314.30.413.90.417.00.515.21.0
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.90.312.10.312.00.414.20.610.70.6
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities27.
Complex activities32.71.332.71.432.31.636.82.532.83.3
Neither basic nor complex activities11.50.311.60.311.30.415.40.710.60.8

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, at or 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 15_1_4-1b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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