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_3.2b
People who had a dental visit in the calendar year,a by ethnicity, United States, 2008
  TotalAll racesWhiteBlackHispanic, all races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 42.20.644.80.648.10.729.
65 and over43.
Family incomebNegative/poor26.20.826.
Near poor/low30.10.932.
Education,c age 18 and overLess than high school23.30.826.
High school graduate35.00.836.70.939.
At least some college52.40.754.30.857.10.938.21.832.31.9
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed42.70.846.00.848.
Not employed35.
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private50.10.751.80.754.10.937.91.636.31.2
Public only30.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only38.81.940.
Medicare and private52.31.553.21.554.61.732.94.333.06.2
Medicare and other public22.32.623.
Residence locationdMetropolitan43.10.646.20.750.10.830.
  Large central metro39.60.844.
  Large fringe metro46.
  Medium metro43.71.346.31.449.91.528.21.929.41.6
  Small metro42.91.643.91.645.91.824.72.934.43.6
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish44.80.645.70.648.80.730.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good43.70.646.50.749.90.830.
Activity limitations,d age 18 and overBasic activities38.21.338.91.441.91.622.
Complex activities33.61.633.91.736.
Neither basic nor complex activities42.80.746.20.749.80.828.
U.S. bornYes44.40.645.60.648.60.730.

a. Data on dental visits are based on information in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Dental Event file.

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_3_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_3_2b.html