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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 17_1_3.1
People who had a dental visit in the calendar year,a United States, 2002-2008
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 42.20.643.60.543.10.543.30.643.60.644.00.643.50.5
65 and over43.
RaceWhite, single race44.40.746.00.645.60.645.70.745.90.646.70.746.40.6
Black, single race29.
Asian, single race41.71.939.
NHOPI, single raceDSUDSU50.16.364.14.841.04.938.35.744.07.749.18.6
AI/AN, single race33.
Multiple races40.22.838.72.735.92.536.62.641.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races44.80.646.30.646.10.646.00.646.10.646.80.646.20.5
  Non-Hispanic, White48.10.749.80.749.70.649.50.749.40.750.70.750.30.6
  Non-Hispanic, Black29.
Hispanic, all races28.20.828.
Family incomebNegative/poor26.20.827.60.926.
Near poor/low30.10.930.10.828.
EducationcLess than high school23.30.824.60.923.20.825.40.923.80.824.30.725.10.7
High school graduate35.00.835.90.836.20.937.00.937.20.939.50.840.00.8
At least some college52.40.753.60.752.90.753.60.754.40.754.70.854.50.6
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed42.70.843.50.642.50.643.50.744.30.744.80.745.00.6
Not employed35.
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private50.10.751.20.650.90.650.90.751.30.751.80.750.90.6
Public only30.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only38.81.938.01.838.
Medicare and private52.31.554.41.552.11.553.31.751.21.548.91.550.31.3
Medicare and other public22.32.622.72.316.61.824.22.825.
Residence locationdMetropolitan43.10.644.00.643.80.644.40.744.70.644.80.744.20.6
  Large central metro39.60.840.00.839.50.939.
  Large fringe metro46.
  Medium metro43.71.344.21.445.31.545.81.546.91.647.41.547.31.3
  Small metro42.91.646.41.843.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish44.80.646.50.646.20.646.10.646.40.647.10.646.20.5
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good43.70.645.00.644.40.544.80.645.00.645.50.645.20.5
Activity limitations,d age 18 and overBasic activities38.21.338.
Complex activities33.61.634.41.434.51.332.
Neither basic nor complex activities42.80.743.90.643.30.644.30.744.30.644.90.745.00.6
U.S. bornYes44.40.646.00.6DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC46.40.645.60.5

a. Data on dental visits are based on information in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Dental Event file.

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. 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.

d. For more information, see the MEPS entry in Appendix B: Detailed Methods.

DNC - Data not collected.

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: T17_1_3_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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