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_2.1
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed medical care, United States, 2002-2008
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
65 and over3.
RaceWhite, single race4.
Black, single race3.
Asian, single race3.
AI/AN, single raceDSUDSU5.
Multiple races5.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races4.
  Non-Hispanic, White5.
  Non-Hispanic, Black3.
Hispanic, all races3.
Family incomeaNegative/poor7.
Near poor/low6.
EducationbLess than high school6.
High school graduate5.
At least some college5.
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed5.
Not employed8.
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private3.
Public only5.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only2.
Medicare and private3.
Medicare and other public4.
Residence locationcMetropolitan4.
  Large central metro4.
  Large fringe metro4.
  Medium metro5.
  Small metro5.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish4.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good3.
Activity limitationscBasic activities11.40.710.40.712.90.713.10.713.20.712.00.712.90.8
Complex activities14.
Neither basic nor complex activities4.
U.S. bornYes4.

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_2_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_2_1.html