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_2.2b
People who received a prescription medication in the calendar year,a by ethnicity, United States, 2008
  TotalAll racesWhiteBlackHispanic, all races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 61.30.463.40.566.10.656.10.950.60.9
65 and over90.40.690.60.791.20.887.71.387.51.9
Family incomebNegative/poor59.50.963.
Near poor/low57.30.960.
Education,c age 18 and overLess than high school60.
High school graduate63.50.865.50.867.
At least some college70.20.571.20.673.50.765.41.460.91.9
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed60.40.663.20.665.90.856.11.344.61.3
Not employed65.00.967.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private60.70.561.80.664.70.752.
Public only66.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only88.
Medicare and private92.70.892.70.892.90.989.72.790.73.1
Medicare and other public90.61.791.01.991.32.789.02.989.43.5
Residence locationdMetropolitan61.00.563.40.666.70.756.
  Large central metro55.80.858.
  Large fringe metro63.20.964.
  Medium metro64.60.966.
  Small metro63.81.365.41.566.51.661.43.352.92.4
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish64.00.464.70.566.90.656.80.956.21.2
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good59.60.561.80.564.70.653.60.947.90.9
Activity limitations,d age 18 and overBasic activities89.
Complex activities92.00.992.
Neither basic nor complex activities64.10.566.50.569.10.658.
U.S. bornYes63.60.464.70.566.70.657.20.953.31.2

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: 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_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/nhqrdr11/17_utilization/T17_1_2_2b.html