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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged 18–64 years Who Needed Prescription Medicine But Did Not Get it Because of Cost During the Preceding 12 months,* by Black or White Race and Hispanic Subpopulation† — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2009–2011§

The figure shows the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years, who needed prescription medicine, but did not get it because of cost, during the preceding 12 months, by black or white race and Hispanic subpopulation, in the United States during 2009-2011. During 2009-2011, Hispanic adults aged 18-64 years were less likely (13.2%) than non-Hispanic blacks (14.7%) but more likely than non-Hispanic white s (10.1%) to have needed prescription medicine but not gotten it because of cost during the preceding 12 months. Among Hispanic subpopulations, the percentage of Puerto Rican adults needing prescription medicine but not getting it because of cost was higher (16.4%) than for Mexican adults (13.2%), other Hispanic adults (11.5%), and Cuban adults (10.8%), but not significantly different from Central or South American adults (13.1%).

* Based on a survey question that asked respondents, "During the past 12 months, was there any time when you needed (prescription medicine) but didn't get it because you couldn't afford it?" Unknowns were not included in the denominators when calculating percentages.

Persons of Hispanic ethnicity might be of any race or combination of races. Non-Hispanic persons are those who are not of Hispanic ethnicity, regardless of race.

§ Estimates were based on household interviews of a sample of the U.S. civilian, noninstitutionalized population.

95% confidence interval.

During 2009–2011, Hispanic adults aged 18–64 years were less likely (13.2%) than non-Hispanic blacks (14.7%) but more likely than non-Hispanic white s (10.1%) to have needed prescription medicine but not gotten it because of cost during the preceding 12 months. Among Hispanic subpopulations, the percentage of Puerto Rican adults needing prescription medicine but not getting it because of cost was higher (16.4%) than for Mexican adults (13.2%), other Hispanic adults (11.5%), and Cuban adults (10.8%), but not significantly different from Central or South American adults (13.1%).

Source: National Health Interview Survey, 2009–2011 Sample Adult Core component. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhis.htm.

Reported by: Patricia F. Adams, pfa1@cdc.gov, 301-458-4063; Gulnur Freeman MPA; Robin A. Cohen, PhD.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows the percentage of adults aged 18-64 years, who needed prescription medicine, but did not get it because of cost, during the preceding 12 months, by black or white race and Hispanic subpopulation, in the United States during 2009-2011. During 2009-2011, Hispanic adults aged 18-64 years were less likely (13.2%) than non-Hispanic blacks (14.7%) but more likely than non-Hispanic white s (10.1%) to have needed prescription medicine but not gotten it because of cost during the preceding 12 months. Among Hispanic subpopulations, the percentage of Puerto Rican adults needing prescription medicine but not getting it because of cost was higher (16.4%) than for Mexican adults (13.2%), other Hispanic adults (11.5%), and Cuban adults (10.8%), but not significantly different from Central or South American adults (13.1%).


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