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_7.1
Adults who did not have problems seeing a specialist they needed to see in the last 12 months, United States, 2002-2007
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 73.90.772.70.772.20.672.90.772.90.770.80.6
65 and over83.
RaceWhite, single race75.00.774.50.773.80.774.70.774.20.772.40.6
Black, single race70.22.368.
Asian, single race57.93.547.35.354.04.653.
Multiple racesDSUDSUDSUDSU68.15.957.
EthnicityNon-Hispanic, all races75.10.773.90.873.40.774.00.774.00.772.00.6
  Non-Hispanic, White76.60.876.10.775.40.776.10.875.60.873.90.7
  Non-Hispanic, Black70.42.368.
Hispanic, all races61.
Family incomeaNegative/poor61.
Near poor/low70.31.967.01.669.01.670.81.571.41.867.91.5
EducationbLess than high school67.71.868.91.766.61.668.21.667.01.767.61.3
High school graduate74.61.474.51.374.
At least some college75.20.973.
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed72.20.969.
Not employed66.01.765.71.465.91.465.91.466.31.865.81.4
Health insurance, ages 18-64Any private74.90.973.10.972.50.973.40.972.80.971.10.7
Public only55.92.755.32.355.72.357.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only83.
Medicare and private85.71.686.
Medicare and other public70.93.972.03.871.23.971.74.368.
Residence locationcMetropolitan74.00.772.70.871.50.772.30.772.30.869.90.7
  Large central metro70.41.466.61.468.01.366.
  Large fringe metro75.41.475.11.371.91.374.51.473.81.571.31.1
  Medium metro77.11.477.11.574.
  Small metro73.61.874.61.874.
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish75.40.774.30.773.50.774.30.774.70.772.60.6
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good76.50.774.50.875.00.775.10.875.80.772.90.7
Activity limitationscBasic activities71.81.473.31.470.
Complex activities65.
Neither basic nor complex activities74.60.873.10.873.00.773.80.773.90.871.80.7

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: 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_7_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_7_1.html