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Table 13_1_1-2

2009 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 13_1_1.2
Adults who had an appointment for routine health care in the last 12 months who got appointments as soon as wanted, United States, 2002
    Appointment as soon as wanted
    AlwaysUsuallySometimes or never
Population groupTotal population (in thousands)dPercent with appointmentPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 211,38966.646.00.637.20.516.80.4
65 and over34,17383.357.
RaceWhite, single race174,26868.245.90.638.30.515.80.4
Black, single race23,79459.051.01.429.
Asian, single race8,73956.536.52.833.42.530.12.5
AI/AN, single race1,76562.648.46.337.
Multiple races2,25469.642.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races185,54169.146.10.637.90.516.00.4
Non-Hispanic, White149,36771.445.90.739.20.614.90.4
Non-Hispanic, Black23,44258.951.51.529.
Family incomeaNegative/poor22,13659.748.51.531.41.420.11.1
Near poor/low36,04861.348.61.334.
EducationbLess than high school44,51957.550.
High school graduate69,19863.649.80.934.90.815.30.6
At least some college96,34472.942.20.740.30.717.40.5
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed142,66462.142.10.738.90.618.90.5
Not employed34,54369.447.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private134,59268.542.80.739.60.617.60.5
Public only14,89668.848.21.430.21.521.61.2
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only9,79079.757.
Medicare and private20,41785.757.71.634.
Medicare and other public3,69281.461.92.929.
Residence locationcMetropolitan176,40766.445.20.737.50.617.30.4
  Large central metro64,33662.944.
  Large fringe metro50,25070.
  Medium metro43,34468.
  Small metro18,47864.548.01.938.31.813.61.1
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish187,88769.046.20.638.00.515.90.4
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good183,61664.445.90.637.90.516.20.4
Activity limitationscBasic activities27,81683.348.
Complex activities16,56283.447.81.534.81.417.41.0
Neither basic nor complex activities178,92263.845.50.637.40.517.10.4

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, 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 Total adult population, age 18 and over. Numbers may not add to total due to missing values or rounding.

DSU - 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 March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 13_1_1-2: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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