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_4.2b
People unable to get or delayed in getting needed prescription medicines, by ethnicity, United States, 2008
  TotalAll racesWhiteBlackHispanic, all races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
65 and over3.
Family incomeaNegative/poor5.
Near poor/low3.
Education,b age 18 and overLess than high school4.
High school graduate4.
At least some college3.
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed3.
Not employed6.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private2.
Public only4.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only2.
Medicare and private3.
Medicare and other public5.
Residence locationcMetropolitan3.
  Large central metro2.
  Large fringe metro2.
  Medium metro3.
  Small metro3.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish3.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good2.
Activity limitations,c age 18 and overBasic activities10.20.610.40.710.20.710.
Complex activities11.
Neither basic nor complex activities3.
U.S. bornYes3.

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.

DSU - Data do not meet the criteria for statistical reliability, data quality, or confidentiality.

Key: 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_4_2b: 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_4_2b.html