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_4.2a
People who had a hospital emergency room visit in the calendar year,a by race, United States, 2008
    Single race  
  TotalWhiteBlackAsianNHOPIAI/ANMultiple races
Population groupPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSEPercentSE
Total 13.20.313.10.316.
65 and over19.40.819.
Family incomebNegative/poor19.70.819.
Near poor/low16.00.715.60.720.
Education,c age 18 and overLess than high school16.80.716.30.920.
High school graduate15.40.515.10.618.
At least some college11.70.411.70.414.
Employment status, ages 18-64Employed11.30.311.20.414.
Not employed17.10.717.10.920.81.4DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Health insurance, ages 0-64Any private11.10.311.30.413.
Public only23.00.823.
Health insurance, age 65 and overMedicare only20.71.421.11.521.23.2DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Medicare and private17.
Medicare and other public26.12.424.33.433.33.9DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Residence locationdMetropolitan12.90.312.70.316.
  Large central metro12.00.411.60.616.
  Large fringe metro13.20.713.30.815.
  Medium metro12.60.612.40.816.
  Small metro15.00.714.70.819.33.0DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Language spoken most often at homeEnglish13.70.313.50.316.
Perceived health statusExcellent/very good/good11.30.311.20.314.
Activity limitations,d age 18 and overBasic activities31.41.530.31.739.63.3DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Complex activities33.41.533.01.836.43.6DSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSUDSU
Neither basic nor complex activities11.10.311.00.314.
U.S. bornYes13.90.313.40.316.

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_4_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_4_2a.html