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Table 17_1_4-1d

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 17_1_4.1d
People who had a hospital emergency room visit in the calendar year, by education,a United States, 2006
  TotalLess than high schoolHigh school graduateAt least some college
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 14.20.318.70.715.40.511.80.4
65 and over20.80.826.41.520.
RaceWhite, single race14.00.418.10.815.20.511.80.4
Black, single race18.00.922.91.618.41.314.81.3
Asian, single race5.
Multiple races16.42.5DSUDSU11.43.414.13.2
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races14.50.421.
Non-Hispanic, White14.40.422.
Non-Hispanic, Black17.90.923.01.618.31.314.71.2
Hispanic, all races12.20.711.70.811.71.313.41.4
Family incomebNegative/poor22.
Near poor/low18.50.720.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed11.80.314.10.913.10.610.60.4
Not employed17.00.820.11.318.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private11.40.413.
Public only26.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only19.51.425.22.718.
Medicare and private20.
Medicare and other public25.32.427.12.818.23.7DSUDSU
Residence locationcMetropolitan13.90.418.50.914.90.611.70.4
  Large central metro13.10.616.
  Large fringe metro14.40.718.81.815.
  Medium metro14.00.720.11.714.
  Small metro15.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish14.70.421.60.915.80.512.00.4
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.80.314.70.812.70.510.30.4
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities28.30.932.91.728.61.424.31.4
Complex activities31.
Neither basic nor complex activities11.50.314.10.812.20.510.20.4

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 17_1_4-1d: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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