Table 12_1_5-3c

2008 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 12_1_5.3c
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers always explained things in a way they could understand, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over62.
RaceWhite, single race60.30.656.41.958.71.358.
Black, single race64.51.459.72.859.52.969.12.366.92.5
Asian, single race50.52.9****
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races63.94.2********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races60.90.558.41.858.71.460.
Non-Hispanic, White60.80.658.
Non-Hispanic, Black65.01.459.82.959.52.969.82.467.92.6
EducationbLess than high school56.61.353.
High school graduate60.10.956.22.959.
At least some college61.70.763.22.958.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed61.10.759.82.557.41.759.
Not employed55.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private61.20.660.
Public only54.11.653.**
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only62.
Medicare and private62.61.465.95.467.53.463.82.859.52.0
Medicare and other public62.****
Residence locationcMetropolitan60.30.556.41.857.91.459.
  Large central metro58.00.955.42.652.
  Large fringe metro63.
  Medium metro61.
  Small metro58.21.853.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish61.00.558.21.759.51.360.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good61.80.657.71.860.91.360.
Activity limitationscBasic activities54.71.355.42.653.52.455.72.454.42.5
Complex activities52.11.452.12.753.02.750.32.953.63.6
Neither basic nor complex activities61.70.658.61.960.41.460.

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, over 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.

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

* - 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 September 2009
Internet Citation: Table 12_1_5-3c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.