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 17_1_2.2a
People who received a prescription medication in the calendar year,a by race, United States, 2008
    Single race  
  TotalWhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/ANMultiple races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 61.30.463.00.556.10.946.01.6DSUDSU62.63.660.42.2
65 and over90.40.690.90.787.91.385.82.9DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Family incomebNegative/poor59.50.960.
Near poor/low57.30.958.
Education,c age 18 and overLess than high school60.
High school graduate63.50.864.90.959.71.444.43.5DSUDSUDSUDSU62.24.6
At least some college70.20.572.00.665.21.454.02.3DSUDSUDSUDSU66.24.2
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed60.40.662.00.755.71.344.52.1DSUDSU62.75.356.93.5
Not employed65.00.967.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private60.70.563.00.652.
Public only66.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only88.
Medicare and private92.70.892.80.989.82.7DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and other public90.61.790.
Residence locationdMetropolitan61.00.563.00.655.90.946.21.6DSUDSU58.13.860.42.3
  Large central metro55.80.857.
  Large fringe metro63.20.965.30.954.11.950.93.7DSUDSUDSUDSU66.63.6
  Medium metro64.60.967.
  Small metro63.81.364.51.561.33.4DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish64.00.465.80.556.80.950.51.9DSUDSU66.64.561.52.4
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good59.60.561.50.653.50.944.81.7DSUDSU56.
Activity limitations,d age 18 and overBasic activities89.
Complex activities92.00.992.
Neither basic nor complex activities64.10.565.80.658.
U.S. bornYes63.60.465.10.557.20.950.22.5DSUDSU65.74.462.02.4

a. Estimates are age adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population using five age groups: 0-17, 18-44, 45-64, 65-74, and 75 and over.

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 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: T17_1_2_2a: 2011 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports. October 2014. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. http://www.ahrq.gov/research/findings/nhqrdr/nhqrdr11/17_utilization/T17_1_2_2a.html