Table 15_1_2-1a

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 15_1_2.1a
People who received a prescription medication in the calendar year, by race, United States, 2005
Family incomea TotalSingle raceMultiple races
65 and over91.10.691.50.690.01.484.83.3******
Family incomeaNegative/poor57.10.859.****62.14.8
Near poor/low59.****61.45.5
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school62.70.962.******
High school graduate66.60.868.80.957.11.850.34.6****66.95.9
At least some college70.50.672.70.663.11.451.52.6****77.74.4
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed61.20.662.80.654.**
Not employed69.50.872.20.962.81.949.44.7******
Health insurance, under age 65Any private63.40.665.70.654.**69.84.965.83.5
Public only59.00.961.**
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only90.********
Medicare and private92.60.792.70.792.92.0********
Medicare and other public90.01.590.31.888.82.7********
Residence locationcMetropolitan62.30.664.60.654.
  Large central metro56.70.858.40.954.01.446.42.9****58.85.6
  Large fringe metro63.50.866.40.950.91.744.63.5****63.15.5
  Medium metro67.****73.54.4
  Small metro66.51.568.21.557.64.9********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish66.30.568.90.555.**
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good60.20.562.80.549.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities92.30.692.50.692.41.5********
Complex activities92.70.792.90.891.12.1********
Neither basic nor complex activities63.50.665.70.654.**58.44.564.74.0

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 15_1_2-1a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.