Table 15_1_4-1a

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_4.1a
People who had a hospital emergency room visit in the calendar year, by race, United States, 2005
Population groupTotalSingle raceMultiple races
65 and over20.30.720.10.823.61.814.53.8******
Family incomeaNegative/poor20.20.820.******29.24.2
Near poor/low17.30.616.60.620.71.1******21.83.9
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school19.40.719.00.822.71.6********
High school graduate14.80.514.50.617.****17.54.2
At least some college11.70.411.40.516.****15.93.7
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed11.60.311.20.416.****15.12.8
Not employed18.20.717.60.822.91.6********
Health insurance, under age 65Any private11.50.311.30.414.**17.14.715.32.1
Public only20.40.820.****20.65.825.34.1
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only22.41.522.31.721.63.1********
Medicare and private18.30.918.********
Medicare and other public25.********
Residence locationcMetropolitan13.50.313.10.417.
  Large central metro12.60.511.90.717.****13.72.7
  Large fringe metro12.90.512.70.615.****20.13.7
  Medium metro14.10.713.70.717.31.8******19.53.3
  Small metro17.********
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish14.30.313.90.417.**19.64.518.61.9
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.90.311.70.314.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities27.********
Complex activities32.71.332.41.536.32.5********
Neither basic nor complex activities11.50.311.20.415.****15.52.8

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 15_1_4-1a: 2008 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. September 2009. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.