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
  2007-2008
Population groupSample sizeNumber of visits (in thousands)PercentSE
Total 69,624240,5632.70.2
Age0-1715,36754,7722.70.2
18-4428,87798,1693.40.2
45-6415,02350,8272.60.2
65 and over10,35736,7960.70.1
RacebWhite only48,830174,5762.30.2
Black only17,06656,8553.90.3
Asian only2,030DSU1.80.5
NHOPIDSUDSUDSUDSU
AI/ANDSUDSUDSUDSU
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU
GenderMale32,267110,3742.70.2
Female37,357130,1902.60.2
Payment source,c under age 65Private23,38384,0781.90.1
Public19,51860,1832.90.2
Uninsured10,35636,5904.60.4
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
Nonmetropolitan8,93938,7551.30.2

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," ftp://ftp.cdc.gov/pub/Health_Statistics/NCHS/Dataset_Documentation/NAMCS/doc07.pdf.

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.

 

Current as of February 2011
Internet Citation: Table 13_2_2-1: 2010 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. February 2011. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr10/13_timeliness/T13_2_2-1.html