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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Health Care Cost/Under Insurance

In the past year, have you or anyone living in your household been contacted by a collection agency about owing money for medical bills?

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  Total
Respond.^
Yes No
N % C.I.(95%) N % C.I.(95%)
TOTAL 14,531 2,442 16.1 15.4-16.8 12,089 83.9 83.2-84.6
GENDER
Male 5,328 721 13.4 12.3-14.5 4,607 86.6 85.5-87.7
Female 9,203 1,721 18.6 17.6-19.6 7,482 81.4 80.4-82.4
RACE
White 10,905 1,484 13.4 12.7-14.3 9,421 86.6 85.7-87.3
African American 2,569 747 26.8 24.8-28.9 1,822 73.2 71.1-75.2
Asian 86 7 7.1 2.9-16.5 79 92.9 83.5-97.1
Native American 285 84 29.0 22.8-36.0 201 71.0 64.0-77.2
Other Minorities 606 112 15.5 12.2-19.5 494 84.5 80.5-87.8
HISPANIC
Hispanic 650 117 15.1 11.9-19.0 533 84.9 81.0-88.1
-English Speaking 269 56 19.0 13.8-25.5 213 81.0 74.5-86.2
-Spanish Speaking 381 61 13.4 9.5-18.4 320 86.6 81.6-90.5
Non-Hispanic 13,865 2,323 16.2 15.4-16.9 11,542 83.8 83.1-84.6
AGE
18-24 781 121 13.9 11.2-17.0 660 86.1 83.0-88.8
25-34 2,330 476 18.0 16.2-19.9 1,854 82.0 80.1-83.8
35-44 2,732 608 20.5 18.7-22.4 2,124 79.5 77.6-81.3
45-54 2,728 583 20.2 18.4-22.1 2,145 79.8 77.9-81.6
55-64 2,491 378 14.8 13.1-16.6 2,113 85.2 83.4-86.9
65-74 1,942 189 9.2 7.7-10.9 1,753 90.8 89.1-92.3
75+ 1,459 82 5.4 4.2- 6.9 1,377 94.6 93.1-95.8
EDUCATION
Less Than H.S. 2,368 557 23.2 21.1-25.5 1,811 76.8 74.5-78.9
H.S. or G.E.D. 4,240 819 19.0 17.6-20.6 3,421 81.0 79.4-82.4
Some Post-H.S. 3,654 651 16.8 15.4-18.4 3,003 83.2 81.6-84.6
College Graduate 4,245 412 8.8 7.9- 9.9 3,833 91.2 90.1-92.1
HOUSEHOLD INCOME
Less than $15,000 1,671 491 30.2 27.3-33.2 1,180 69.8 66.8-72.7
$15,000- 24,999 2,463 613 24.9 22.8-27.2 1,850 75.1 72.8-77.2
$25,000- 34,999 1,693 315 20.2 17.8-22.7 1,378 79.8 77.3-82.2
$35,000- 49,999 1,928 303 16.1 14.2-18.2 1,625 83.9 81.8-85.8
$50,000-74,999 1,761 184 9.6 8.2-11.3 1,577 90.4 88.7-91.8
$75,000+ 1,990 149 7.1 5.9- 8.5 1,841 92.9 91.5-94.1
DISABILITY STATUS
Yes 4,689 1,231 26.6 25.0-28.2 3,458 73.4 71.8-75.0
No 9,727 1,191 11.6 10.9-12.4 8,536 88.4 87.6-89.1
VETERAN STATUS
Veteran 1,876 180 9.3 7.9-11.0 1,696 90.7 89.0-92.1
Non-Veteran 12,489 2,250 17.4 16.6-18.3 10,239 82.6 81.7-83.4
Currently Serving 164 12 6.8 3.7-12.2 152 93.2 87.8-96.3

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^Use caution in interpreting percentages with a numerator of less than 20. N = numerator, % = Percentage, C.I.(95%) = Confidence Interval (at 95 percent probability level).
Percentages are weighted to population characteristics and therefore cannot be calculated exactly from the numbers in this table.

** Northeast NC I: Bertie, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Northampton, and Warren counties.
Northeast NC II: Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Hyde, Martin, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
Northeastern Partnership: Northeast NC I and II regions combined.
Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC): Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey counties.

*** Eastern North Carolina: Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson counties.
Piedmont North Carolina: Alamance, Alexander, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Catawba, Chatham, Cleveland, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Lee, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Moore, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Union, Vance, Wake, Warren, and Yadkin counties.
Western North Carolina: Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yancey counties.

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