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Table 3 Access to medical and dental care and use of medical and dental services for US children 0-17 years old (N = 90,117) by race/ethnicity (2007 NSCH)

From: Trends in racial/ethnic disparities in medical and oral health, access to care, and use of services in US children: has anything changed over the years?

  Mean or Proportion for each Racial/Ethnic Group  
Access or Use-of-Service measure White N=61,377 Latino N=11,523 African-American N=8,873 Asian/Pacific Islander N=2,771 American Indian/Alaska Native N=1,244 Multiracial N=4,329 P
Insurance coverage at time of survey (%)        <.0001
None 6.1 18.9 8.8 5.0 13.0 6.4  
Public 17.6 44.4 50.8 17.2 45.6 33.2  
Private 75.8 35.9 38.9 76.0 39.7 60.0  
Insured, type unknown 0.5 0.8 1.5 1.8 1.7 0.5  
Sporadically insureda in past year (%) 8.3 16.9 14.2 8.2 14.3 9.9 <.0001
Has personal doctor or nurse (%) 95.5 85.8 88.8 93.0 81.5 92.9 <.0001
PCP never/sometimes spends enough time with child (%) 11.9 37.8 30.5 27.6 29.6 15.0 <.0001
Interpreter needed to speak with PCP (%) 6.8 38.0 7.9 4.6 8.6 22.4 <.0001
Received all needed medical care (%) 96.9 95.7 95.2 98.1 94.4 95.1 <.0001
Received all needed dental care (%) 97.5 96.8 96.9 99.1 94.4 96.1 <.0001
Any problem getting specialty care (%) 18.6 30.9 33.6 26.3 39.8 26.9 <.0001
No physician visit in last 12 months (%) 11.5 14.1 8.5 11.9 11.9 10.6 <.0001
No routine preventive dental visit in last 12 months (%) 23.2 33.1 25.1 28.4 22.9 28.0 .0001
Received specialty care (%) 25.8 16.7 18.4 16.4 17.1 22.6 <.0001
Received mental healthcare in past 12 months (%) 9.1 6.1 7.9 2.7 12.2 10.1 .0001
  1. Data source: non-public data set of the 2007 National Survey of Childhood Health.
  2. aDefined as having but then losing health insurance at any time during the past 12 months.