Table 14_4_4-2c

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_4.2c
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed prescription medicines, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over4.
RaceWhite, single race3.
Black, single race3.
Asian, single race1.60.5********
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races5.91.3********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races3.
Non-Hispanic, White3.
Non-Hispanic, Black3.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school5.
High school graduate4.
At least some college3.80.310.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed3.
Not employed7.50.511.
Health insurance, under age 65Any private2.
Public only4.**
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only5.40.8**5.41.4****
Medicare and private3.80.6**
Medicare and other public5.11.1**6.51.8****
Residence locationcMetropolitan3.
  Large central metro3.
  Large fringe metro3.
  Medium metro4.
  Small metro3.60.6**
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish3.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities11.80.818.
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_4-2c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.