Table 14_3_4-12b

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 14_3_4.12b
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed prescription medicines due to financial or insurance reasons, by ethnicity, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNon-HispanicHispanic, all races
All racesWhiteBlack
65 and over46.25.344.55.540.35.9****
Family incomeaNegative/poor79.****
Near poor/low78.42.976.03.376.24.2****
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school79.**88.03.8
High school graduate72.****
At least some college61.23.359.33.556.93.9****
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed72.72.670.92.868.93.3****
Not employed75.32.672.92.970.63.4****
Health insurance, under age 65Any private63.****
Public only71.****
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only**********
Medicare and private**********
Medicare and other public**********
Residence locationcMetropolitan66.12.563.22.760.
  Large central metro65.13.960.34.453.36.0**82.44.5
  Large fringe metro64.63.961.****
  Medium metro65.05.663.65.860.96.4****
  Small metro76.35.6********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish67.**
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good66.42.563.82.761.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities68.**
Complex activities70.12.869.****
Neither basic nor complex activities69.52.966.**93.53.3

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, at or 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: 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 14_3_4-12b: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.