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Table 16_4_1-1d

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 16_4_1.1d
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines, by education,a United States, 2006
  TotalLess than high schoolHigh school graduateAt least some college
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 13.60.415.90.714.50.612.20.5
65 and over10.60.811.
RaceWhite, single race13.40.415.70.814.10.712.10.5
Black, single race15.40.815.51.314.
Asian, single race7.
Multiple races26.13.1DSUDSU34.25.618.73.8
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races13.90.418.
Non-Hispanic, White13.70.518.
Non-Hispanic, Black15.40.815.71.314.
Hispanic, all races11.90.811.
Family incomebNegative/poor21.
Near poor/low17.80.916.91.318.01.418.71.6
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed13.20.515.
Not employed18.40.919.51.320.21.416.11.3
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private11.50.411.
Public only23.21.320.81.723.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only10.
Medicare and private9.
Medicare and other public14.11.713.
Residence locationcMetropolitan13.30.515.60.914.40.712.00.5
  Large central metro12.80.515.
  Large fringe metro13.20.815.01.614.
  Medium metro14.
  Small metro12.21.316.42.711.61.811.01.4
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish14.10.517.90.914.70.712.60.5
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.60.412.60.812.50.610.80.5
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities25.20.926.01.724.41.525.51.5
Complex activities30.01.329.
Neither basic nor complex activities11.50.412.90.812.40.610.60.5

a People age 18 and over. 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.

b 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.

c For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix A, Data Sources.

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 16_4_1-1d: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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