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2011 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_1.2d
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines, by education,a United States, 2008
  TotalaLess than high schoolHigh school graduateAt least some college
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 12.10.414.50.812.30.611.10.4
65 and over8.90.710.
RaceWhite, single race12.30.414.
Black, single race11.50.813.71.311.
Asian, single race6.
Multiple races17.62.6DSUDSU21.04.713.93.2
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races12.40.416.
  Non-Hispanic, White12.80.517.21.313.10.811.70.6
  Non-Hispanic, Black11.60.813.81.411.
Hispanic, all races9.80.810.
Family incomebNegative/poor19.
Near poor/low16.30.915.41.316.01.317.41.4
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed11.80.413.
Not employed16.20.818.61.416.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private9.80.411.
Public only22.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only7.
Medicare and private9.
Medicare and other public13.01.814.62.3DSUDSUDSUDSU
Residence locationcMetropolitan12.10.414.50.912.70.611.00.5
  Large central metro11.50.613.
  Large fringe metro11.30.714.
  Medium metro13.60.915.
  Small metro13.11.715.42.513.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish12.40.416.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good10.20.411.50.810.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities22.50.924.61.921.91.721.61.5
Complex activities26.91.330.
Neither basic nor complex activities10.20.411.40.810.
U.S. bornYes12.60.416.

a. Persons 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 B: Detailed Methods.

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.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T16_4_1_2d: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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