Table 14_3_4-12c

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_4.12c
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed prescription medicines due to financial or insurance reasons, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over46.25.3********
RaceWhite, single race66.72.480.13.879.53.565.13.847.55.3
Black, single race76.73.7********
Asian, single race**********
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races**********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races66.12.379.63.676.03.364.03.648.65.1
Non-Hispanic, White63.72.778.94.576.
Non-Hispanic, Black76.43.8********
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school79.****
High school graduate72.03.1****71.45.1**
At least some college61.23.3****63.55.843.55.8
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed72.72.6**
Not employed75.32.678.43.9******
Health insurance, under age 65Any private63.83.1****67.74.351.25.5
Public only71.******
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only**********
Medicare and private**********
Medicare and other public**********
Residence locationcMetropolitan66.12.577.63.576.73.465.
  Large central metro65.13.9**71.86.6****
  Large fringe metro64.63.9********
  Medium metro65.05.6********
  Small metro76.35.6********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish67.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good66.42.580.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities68.****
Complex activities70.12.880.****
Neither basic nor complex activities69.52.982.94.681.73.970.14.552.55.8

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: 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 14_3_4-12c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.