Table 14_4_4-2a

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_4_4.2a
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed prescription medicines, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
65 and over4.********
Family incomeaNegative/poor6.********
Near poor/low4.********
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school5.********
High school graduate4.******6.92.0
At least some college3.******11.53.3
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed3.******6.81.9
Not employed7.********
Health insurance, under age 65Any private2.********
Public only4.********
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only5.********
Medicare and private3.**********
Medicare and other public5.**********
Residence locationcMetropolitan3.******6.71.5
  Large central metro3.********
  Large fringe metro3.********
  Medium metro4.********
  Small metro3.********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish3.******5.41.2
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.******5.21.3
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities11.80.810.80.816.01.9********
Complex activities15.********
Neither basic nor complex activities3.********

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_4_4-2a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.