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 16_4_1.1
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, dental care, or prescription medicines, United States, 2002-2008
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 10.20.310.00.311.70.411.40.411.00.311.00.310.90.3
65 and over8.
RaceWhite, single race10.60.410.30.311.70.411.50.411.00.311.00.411.10.3
Black, single race9.
Asian, single race6.
AI/AN, single race10.
Multiple races12.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races10.70.410.20.312.10.411.70.411.30.411.30.411.20.3
  Non-Hispanic, White11.20.410.60.412.30.412.00.411.50.411.40.411.60.3
  Non-Hispanic, Black9.
Hispanic, all races7.
Family incomeaNegative/poor14.60.814.70.915.40.816.50.816.50.816.40.916.40.8
Near poor/low13.10.713.20.714.60.814.70.814.10.714.70.714.00.6
EducationbLess than high school14.50.813.70.715.90.716.00.816.00.714.70.614.40.6
High school graduate12.30.611.80.514.50.613.10.613.10.612.70.611.90.4
At least some college11.10.410.60.412.20.512.00.511.50.511.50.412.50.4
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed11.80.410.90.413.20.512.60.512.10.412.20.412.60.3
Not employed16.20.816.90.818.40.917.50.818.80.817.00.816.50.7
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private8.
Public only12.70.712.00.713.10.813.50.714.30.814.50.713.60.7
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only7.
Medicare and private9.
Medicare and other public12.61.710.61.513.71.614.11.911.41.711.21.611.81.6
Residence locationcMetropolitan10.
  Large central metro9.
  Large fringe metro9.
  Medium metro11.40.810.40.812.
  Small metro11.71.510.30.911.11.311.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish10.60.410.30.312.20.411.70.411.30.411.30.411.30.3
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good8.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities22.30.921.
Complex activities26.71.328.71.429.81.330.81.331.01.329.
Neither basic nor complex activities10.
U.S. bornYes10.40.410.00.3DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC11.10.411.10.3

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 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: T16_4_1_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/nhqrdr11/16_facilitators_barriers/T16_4_1_1.html