Table 12_1_5-4c

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_5.4c
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers usually explained things in a way they could understand, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over30.
RaceWhite, single race32.10.531.51.731.61.332.
Black, single race24.01.321.
Asian, single race36.22.9****38.85.535.93.7
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races27.73.8********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races31.20.527.41.530.51.331.
Non-Hispanic, White32.00.630.
Non-Hispanic, Black23.61.320.
EducationbLess than high school29.
High school graduate31.10.828.62.431.
At least some college31.90.727.72.632.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed31.20.628.
Not employed33.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private31.50.628.
Public only31.61.432.**
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only30.31.927.75.628.73.827.73.537.04.3
Medicare and private31.31.324.
Medicare and other public24.12.620.13.727.94.3****
Residence locationcMetropolitan31.30.528.71.531.11.331.
  Large central metro31.90.827.
  Large fringe metro29.
  Medium metro31.
  Small metro32.51.729.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish31.00.527.31.429.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good30.90.529.21.730.
Activity limitationscBasic activities33.
Complex activities34.21.430.62.530.12.637.92.938.03.6
Neither basic nor complex activities30.80.629.21.730.31.331.

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_5-4c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.