Table 17_1_4-1a

2009 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 17_1_4.1a
People who had a hospital emergency room visit in the calendar year, by race, United States, 2006
    Single race  
  TotalWhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/ANMultiple races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 13.40.313.30.316.
65 and over20.80.820.90.923.
Family incomeaNegative/poor19.60.919.
Near poor/low16.40.616.40.717.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school18.70.718.10.822.
High school graduate15.40.515.20.518.
At least some college11.80.411.80.414.
Employment status, ages 18–64Employed11.80.311.60.415.
Not employed17.00.816.30.923.51.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Health insurance, under age 65Any private11.10.311.10.413.
Public only19.10.718.40.821.81.3DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU22.03.7
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only19.61.419.41.626.73.9DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and private20.
Medicare and other public25.02.424.42.828.13.1DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Residence locationcMetropolitan13.10.313.00.316.
  Large central metro12.40.511.70.517.
  Large fringe metro13.30.614.10.710.
  Medium metro13.40.612.70.620.
  Small metro14.50.914.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish13.90.313.60.316.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.50.311.50.313.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities28.20.927.
Complex activities31.
Neither basic nor complex activities11.50.311.40.314.

a Negative/poor refers to household incomes below the Federal poverty line; near poor/low, 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.

DSU - 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 March 2010
Internet Citation: Table 17_1_4-1a: 2009 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. March 2010. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.