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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_4.2d
People who had a hospital emergency room visit in the calendar year,a by education,b United States, 2008
  TotalbLess than high schoolHigh school graduateAt least some college
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 13.70.316.80.715.40.511.70.4
65 and over19.30.922.01.719.71.317.41.3
RaceWhite, single race13.60.316.30.915.10.611.70.4
Black, single race17.40.820.91.518.
Asian, single race5.
Multiple races17.82.4DSUDSU15.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races14.10.319.70.916.10.611.60.4
  Non-Hispanic, White14.10.420.
  Non-Hispanic, Black17.40.821.31.518.
Hispanic, all races11.90.711.00.912.01.313.91.5
Family incomecNegative/poor21.90.922.51.423.01.619.71.6
Near poor/low17.10.816.81.317.91.316.41.2
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed11.40.313.60.913.
Not employed17.10.719.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private11.00.314.
Public only26.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only20.71.421.72.622.
Medicare and private16.
Medicare and other public26.42.527.83.1DSUDSUDSUDSU
Residence locationdMetropolitan13.40.316.50.714.70.511.60.4
  Large central metro12.30.513.
  Large fringe metro13.20.717.41.915.
  Medium metro13.90.818.41.614.
  Small metro16.10.920.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish14.20.319.80.916.20.511.70.4
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.30.312.40.812.80.510.10.4
Activity limitations,d age 18 and overBasic activities31.41.537.63.331.22.528.02.5
Complex activities33.51.633.32.933.72.833.42.8
Neither basic nor complex activities11.20.312.70.712.
U.S. bornYes14.50.319.60.916.20.512.10.4

a. Estimates are age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using four age groups: 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, and 75 and over.

b. 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.

c. 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.

d. 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: T17_1_4_2d: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.


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