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Issue Brief No. 73
Supplementary Table 4

Predicted Percentages of Persons 18-64 Not Purchasing at Least One Prescription Drug in 2001 Because of Cost

This table shows the predicted percentage of persons who did not purchase at least one prescription in 2001 because of cost. The predictions are based on the logistic regression results in Table 3. When health and socioeconomic factors such as income, family size, age, and education are taken into account, blacks with chronic conditions who have private or public insurance remain more likely than whites to have problems affording their prescription drugs. Thus, there are significant unexplained factors underlying black/white disparities. The estimates for Latinos with chronic conditions are not significantly different from those for whites, indicating that basic health condition and socioeconomic status are the principal reasons for white-Latino disparities.

 
Insurance Type
 
Private
Public1
Uninsured
All  
White
7.3% Ref
22.8% Ref
30.7% Ref
African American
11.0***
27.2#
29.1
Latino
8.8*
20.6
24.7#
No Chronic Conditions  
White
6.1 Ref
20.8 Ref
28.9 Ref
African American
8.6*
18.9
26.4
Latino
7.5
18.3
21.9#
At Least One Chronic Condition  
White
9.6 Ref
24.1 Ref
37.1 Ref
African American
15.6***
31.9*
37.4
Latino
11.3
21.3
33.5

1 Public insurance includes, Medicaid, Medicare, and other state programs.

NOTES: Comparison with whites is statistically significantly: *** p<.001, * p,.05, # p,.10.

Source: HSC Community Tracking Study Household Survey 2000-01

 

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