Table 14_4_7-1c

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_7.1c
Adults who did not have problems seeing a specialist they needed to see in the last 12 months, by family income,a United States, 2005
Population groupTotalNegative/poorNear poor/lowMiddleHigh
65 and over82.
RaceWhite, single race73.80.759.52.570.01.873.
Black, single race64.
Asian, single race54.04.6******61.45.6
NHOPI, single race**********
AI/AN, single race**********
Multiple races68.15.9********
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races73.40.758.
Non-Hispanic, White75.40.763.
Non-Hispanic, Black64.
EducationbLess than high school66.61.656.
High school graduate74.
At least some college72.80.958.14.367.62.868.81.976.61.0
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed69.70.944.
Not employed65.91.452.72.864.33.369.
Health insurance, ages 18–64Any private72.50.959.
Public only55.72.348.52.963.23.558.67.6**
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only80.52.1**
Medicare and private85.21.2**
Medicare and other public71.23.967.87.371.25.9****
Residence locationcMetropolitan71.50.756.02.368.61.769.91.476.21.0
  Large central metro68.01.351.83.563.52.564.92.874.91.9
  Large fringe metro71.91.358.75.570.43.867.92.876.01.6
  Medium metro74.
  Small metro74.12.1**70.64.774.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish73.50.758.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good74.40.759.82.572.51.973.31.477.41.0
Activity limitationscBasic activities70.
Complex activities65.01.653.43.364.43.566.
Neither basic nor complex activities73.00.753.

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 14_4_7-1c: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.