2011 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_1_3.1
Adults who needed care right away for an illness, injury, or condition in the last 12 months who sometimes or never got care as soon as wanted,a United States, 2002-2008
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
65 and over7.
RaceWhite, single race14.00.813.10.614.70.713.40.613.10.613.40.614.50.5
Black, single race22.71.417.41.416.
Asian, single race26.34.417.
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU19.84.622.54.818.44.6DSUDSU15.83.6
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races15.10.713.20.614.60.614.80.713.60.613.60.714.10.5
  Non-Hispanic, White13.50.812.00.713.80.712.80.712.10.612.40.712.90.6
  Non-Hispanic, Black22.71.417.71.416.
Hispanic, all races17.71.419.31.720.61.617.71.619.61.520.61.625.81.7
Family incomebNegative/poor24.01.919.61.723.01.724.81.725.01.925.81.822.81.3
Near poor/low19.71.416.61.320.31.419.71.515.
EducationcLess than high school19.31.417.01.318.81.420.
High school graduate17.
At least some college12.60.812.40.814.00.813.40.811.90.711.70.813.30.7
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed16.80.915.10.716.30.816.00.815.20.715.10.815.90.6
Not employed19.21.517.81.419.41.320.11.418.31.320.01.420.21.2
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private13.50.912.10.713.00.813.20.811.70.711.90.713.70.6
Public only20.51.821.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only7.
Medicare and private6.
Medicare and other public10.12.411.12.810.32.310.72.611.
Residence locationdMetropolitan15.40.713.90.615.30.615.40.714.50.614.60.715.70.6
  Large central metro16.
  Large fringe metro12.
  Medium metro16.41.611.
  Small metro16.82.616.01.713.21.915.01.814.21.716.21.715.11.2
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish15.10.713.50.614.50.614.80.613.40.613.20.614.20.5
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good14.00.812.50.614.00.713.10.712.60.612.80.614.10.5
Activity limitationsdBasic activities14.
Complex activities19.11.916.31.619.61.520.71.516.31.518.21.515.91.2
Neither basic nor complex activities15.30.813.80.714.70.614.40.713.90.613.80.715.10.5
U.S. bornYes14.80.713.30.6DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC13.30.614.10.5

a. Denominator includes adults who needed care right away for an illness, injury, or condition in the last 12 months, excluding missing data.

b. 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.

c. 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.

d. For more information, see the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey entry in Appendix B: Detailed Methods.

DNC - Data not collected.

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.


Page last reviewed October 2014
Internet Citation: T13_1_3_1: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr11/13_timeliness/T13_1_3_1.html