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Table 1 Demographic characteristics

From: A National study of burdensome health care costs among non-elderly Americans

Variable Overall* (N = 5493) Age 18–39 (N = 1997) Age 40–64 (N = 3496) p-value
Difficulty paying for health care 27% 27% 28% 0.86
Mean age (SE) 41 (0.21) 29 (0.16) 51 (0.13) <0.001
Sex (male) 50% 51% 49% 0.30
Income (dollars per year)     
  <30,000 29% 33% 26% <0.001
  30,000-50,000 37% 37% 37% 0.54
  >50,000 24% 20% 28% <0.001
  DK/NR 10% 10% 10% 0.86
Race     
  White 74% 69% 79% <0.001
  Black/African Am. 14% 16% 12% <0.001
  Asian 3.5% 5.4% 1.9% <0.001
  Mixed/other 5.7% 7.4% 4.2% <0.001
  DK/NR 2.6% 2.3% 2.8% 0.28
Ethnicity     
  Hispanic 15% 21% 11% <0.001
  Non Hispanic 84% 79% 89% <0.001
  DK/NR 0.6% 0.4% 0.7% 0.33
Uninsured 21% 24% 18% <0.001
Health insurance type     
  Employer based 65% 59% 69% <0.001
  Self insured 13% 12% 13% 0.46
  Medicare 6.5% 5.0% 7.7% 0.004
  Medicaid 5.6% 7.6% 4.1% <0.001
  Other government 4.7% 4.8% 4.6% 0.81
  Other (including parents’ insurance) 5.1% 11% 1.0% <0.001
  DK/NR 0.5% 0.5% 0.4% 0.92
Health status     
  Excellent, very good or good 84% 89% 80% <0.001
  Only fair or poor 16% 11% 20% <0.001
  DK/NR 0.04% 0.02% 0.02% 0.18
  1. *Totals in each column may not sum to 100 due to rounding.