Table 82Health care visits to doctor offices, emergency departments, and home visits within the past 12 months, by selected characteristics: United States, 1997, 2004, and 2005
[Data are based on household interviews of a sample of the civilian noninstitutionalized population]
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Number of health care visits 1
None 1–3 visits 4–9 visits 10 or more visits
Characteristic 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005
Percent distribution
18 years and over, age-adjusted2,316.516.115.646.245.846.223.624.624.613.713.513.7
18 years and over, crude216.516.115.546.545.846.223.524.524.613.513.513.7
Under 18 years11.810.610.254.155.356.325.
 Under 6 years5.
 6–17 years15.313.112.758.759.060.419.321.
18–44 years21.723.823.146.745.646.
 18–24 years22.025.724.346.845.044.720.
 25–44 years21.623.122.646.745.846.518.719.218.713.012.012.2
45–64 years16.915.014.142.943.343.124.725.326.415.516.316.4
 45–54 years17.916.915.943.945.045.123.422.923.914.815.215.1
 55–64 years15.312.311.541.340.940.526.728.929.816.718.018.2
65 years and over8.95.65.734.731.631.132.536.836.723.826.126.5
 65–74 years9.
 75 years and over7.74.15.331.826.426.933.839.538.526.630.029.2
White only16.
Black or African American only16.815.816.
American Indian or Alaska Native only17.117.720.538.041.736.624.225.029.420.715.513.4
Asian only22.820.821.649.151.549.519.719.720.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander only- - -**- - -**- - -**- - -**
2 or more races- - -13.615.6- - -42.937.9- - -26.226.7- - -17.319.9
Hispanic origin and race3,4
Hispanic or Latino24.926.724.042.341.842.420.320.621.712.510.911.9
Not Hispanic or Latino15.414.213.946.746.546.824.
 White only14.713.513.146.646.146.724.425.725.714.314.714.6
 Black or African American only16.915.616.046.147.347.523.124.623.613.812.512.9
Respondent-assessed health status3
Fair or poor7.
Good to excellent17.216.916.248.448.048.523.324.424.411.110.710.9
Percent of poverty level3,5
Below 100%20.621.120.837.837.737.522.723.524.318.917.717.4
100%–less than 200%20.120.920.443.342.542.321.722.322.814.914.414.5
200% or more14.513.813.348.748.148.724.225.325.212.612.812.8
Number of health care visits 1
None 1–3 visits 4–9 visits 10 or more visits
Characteristic 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005
Hispanic origin and race and percent of poverty level3,4,5Percent distribution
Hispanic or Latino:
 Below 100%30.231.628.134.835.037.419.919.619.815.013.914.7
 100%–less than 200%28.730.527.839.739.339.020.419.422.211.210.911.1
 200% or more18.921.519.448.847.047.120.422.222.711.99.210.8
Not Hispanic or Latino:
 White only:
  Below 100%
  100%–less than 200%17.316.717.644.
  200% or more13.812.711.848.247.448.724.926.
Black or African American only:
 Below 100%17.415.917.938.540.940.223.425.724.520.717.517.4
 100%–less than 200%18.818.116.243.744.547.122.923.824.014.513.712.7
 200% or more15.614.315.251.751.350.422.724.423.410.010.011.0
Health insurance status at the time of interview6,7
Under 65 years:
Health insurance status prior to interview6,7
Under 65 years:
 Insured continuously all 12 months14.113.412.449.249.450.123.624.624.513.012.712.9
 Uninsured for any period up to 12 months18.920.018.946.045.745.120.821.922.114.412.313.8
 Uninsured more than 12 months39.043.943.641.441.340.
Percent of poverty level and health insurance status prior to interview5,6,7
Under 65 years:
 Below 100%:
  Insured continuously all 12 months13.814.312.739.739.640.725.225.725.721.420.421.0
  Uninsured for any period up to 12 months19.717.619.037.642.037.621.924.623.220.915.720.2
  Uninsured more than 12 months41.
 100–less than 200%:
  Insured continuously all 12 months16.015.714.946.445.446.121.923.523.615.815.515.4
  Uninsured for any period up to 12 months18.821.719.345.145.144.921.022.121.715.011.114.1
  Uninsured more than 12 months38.745.043.641.039.439.414.09.912.
 200% or more:
  Insured continuously all 12 months13.712.611.851.051.351.823.624.724.611.711.511.7
  Uninsured for any period up to 12 months17.820.318.650.347.548.120.420.422.111.511.911.2
  Uninsured more than 12 months36.639.741.143.845.444.813.210.910.
Geographic region3
Number of health care visits 1
None 1–3 visits 4–9 visits 10 or more visits
Characteristic 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005 1997 2004 2005
Location of residence3Percent distribution
Within MSA816.216.315.646.445.946.523.724.424.513.713.413.4
Outside MSA817.315.315.445.445.444.723.325.325.213.914.014.7

* Estimates are considered unreliable. Data preceded by an asterisk have a relative standard error (RSE) of 20%–30%. Data not shown have an RSE greater than 30%.

- - - Data not available.


This table presents a summary measure of health care visits to doctor offices, emergency departments, and home visits during a 12-month period. See Appendix II, Emergency department visit; Health care contact; Home visit.


Includes all other races not shown separately and unknown health insurance status.


Estimates are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using six age groups: Under 18 years, 18–44 years, 45–54 years, 55–64 years, 65–74 years, and 75 years and over. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.


The race groups, white, black, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, and 2 or more races, include persons of Hispanic and non-Hispanic origin. Persons of Hispanic origin may be of any race. Starting with 1999 data, race-specific estimates are tabulated according to the 1997 Revisions to the Standards for the Classification of Federal Data on Race and Ethnicity and are not strictly comparable with estimates for earlier years. The five single-race categories plus multiple-race categories shown in the table conform to the 1997 Standards. Starting with 1999 data, race-specific estimates are for persons who reported only one racial group; the category 2 or more races includes persons who reported more than one racial group. Prior to 1999, data were tabulated according to the 1977 Standards with four racial groups and the Asian only category included Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. Estimates for single-race categories prior to 1999 included persons who reported one race or, if they reported more than one race, identified one race as best representing their race. Starting with 2003 data, race responses of other race and unspecified multiple race were treated as missing, and then race was imputed if these were the only race responses. Almost all persons with a race response of other race were of Hispanic origin. See Appendix II, Hispanic origin; Race.


Percent of poverty level is based on family income and family size and composition using U.S. Census Bureau poverty thresholds. Missing family income data were imputed for 25%–29% of persons in 1997–1998 and 32%–35% in 1999–2005. See Appendix II, Family income; Poverty.


Estimates for persons under 65 years of age are age-adjusted to the year 2000 standard population using four age groups: Under 18 years, 18–44 years, 45–54 years, and 55–64 years of age. See Appendix II, Age adjustment.


Health insurance categories are mutually exclusive. Persons who reported both Medicaid and private coverage are classified as having private coverage. Starting in 1997, Medicaid includes state-sponsored health plans and State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). In addition to private and Medicaid, the insured category also includes military plans, other government-sponsored health plans, and Medicare, not shown separately. Persons not covered by private insurance, Medicaid, SCHIP, public assistance (through 1996), state-sponsored or other government-sponsored health plans (starting in 1997), Medicare, or military plans are considered to have no health insurance coverage. Persons with only Indian Health Service coverage are considered to have no health insurance coverage. See Appendix II, Health insurance coverage.


MSA is metropolitan statistical area.

NOTES: In 1997, the National Health Interview Survey questionnaire was redesigned. See Appendix I, National Health Interview Survey. Standard errors are available in the spreadsheet version of this table. See www‚Äč Data for additional years are available. See Appendix III.

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Health Interview Survey, family core and sample adult questionnaires.

From: Trend Tables

Cover of Health, United States, 2007
Health, United States, 2007: With Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.
National Center for Health Statistics (US) .
Hyattsville (MD): National Center for Health Statistics (US); 2007 Nov.

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