Table 12_1_5-5c

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_5.5c
Adults who had a doctor's office or clinic visit in the last 12 months whose health providers sometimes or never explained things in a way they could understand, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over7.20.611.
RaceWhite, single race7.60.312.
Black, single race11.60.719.
Asian, single race13.22.0****
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races**********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races7.90.314.
Non-Hispanic, White7.10.311.
Non-Hispanic, Black11.40.719.
EducationbLess than high school13.50.816.21.614.51.412.11.510.61.9
High school graduate8.80.515.
At least some college6.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed7.70.412.01.510.
Not employed12.00.816.61.716.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private7.30.411.
Public only14.**
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only6.81.2****
Medicare and private6.10.7****
Medicare and other public13.72.314.33.314.83.2****
Residence locationcMetropolitan8.40.314.91.311.
  Large central metro10.10.717.
  Large fringe metro7.10.513.
  Medium metro7.20.611.
  Small metro9.30.917.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish8.00.314.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good7.30.313.
Activity limitationscBasic activities11.40.816.21.713.51.511.
Complex activities13.
Neither basic nor complex activities7.50.312.

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_5-5c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.