Statistical Brief #406
Access to and the quality of the health care received by Americans is an issue of public policy concern because the level of quality of health care impacts the capacity to deliver timely, accessible, and efficient medical care to the population in need of services. Estimates of quality are important in evaluating the costs and outcomes of health care delivery and to help identify potential areas where improvements can be made.
A self-administered questionnaire (SAQ) is distributed to all adults age 18 and older within the Household Component of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS-HC) to collect information on health care utilization, access, health status, and the quality of health care received. The quality of care measures in the SAQ are the same as those based on questions in another AHRQ-sponsored instrument, the Consumer Assessments of Health Plans (CAHPS®) which refer to events experienced in the last 12 months. This Statistical Brief presents findings based on the data obtained from the SAQ that was administered in the fall of 2010. All comparisons discussed in the text are statistically significant at the 0.05 level unless otherwise noted.
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