Table 13_2_2-1

2010 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 13_2_2.1
Emergency department visits where patients left without being seen,a United States, 2007-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)PercentSE
Total 69,624240,5632.70.2
65 and over10,35736,7960.70.1
RacebWhite only48,830174,5762.30.2
Black only17,06656,8553.90.3
Asian only2,030DSU1.80.5
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU
Payment source,c under age 65Private23,38384,0781.90.1
Payment source,c over age 65Medicare and private4,58916,4020.60.1
Medicare and MedicaidDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare only3,92214,1420.60.1
Location of hospitalMetropolitan60,685201,8092.90.2

a Population used for rate calculation is U.S. Census Bureau estimated civilian noninstitutional population on July 1, 2007, and July 1, 2008.

b Race data were missing for 15.5% of total visits. Missing race data were imputed. Standard errors for estimates by race were inflated as described in "2007 NAMCS Microdata File Documentation,"

c Payment source classified by all expected payment sources. Public insurance includes Medicare, Medicaid, and State Children's Health Insurance program. No insurance is defined as having only "self-pay" or "no charge/charity" as payment 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: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: Table 13_2_2-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.