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2004 BRFSS Survey Results: North Carolina

Health Care Cost/Under Insurance--By Risks, Conditions, and Quality of Life Measures

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
Have Health Insurance
Yes 12,369 1,757 13.4 12.7-14.2 10,612 86.6 85.8-87.3
No 2,146 683 29.1 26.7-31.6 1,463 70.9 68.4-73.3
Body Mass Index
Underweight 234 27 10.4 6.7-15.7 207 89.6 84.3-93.3
Recommended Range 4,924 665 13.6 12.4-14.9 4,259 86.4 85.1-87.6
Overweight 5,014 750 13.8 12.7-15.0 4,264 86.2 85.0-87.3
Obese 3,598 880 23.9 22.2-25.6 2,718 76.1 74.4-77.8
Current Smoker
No 11,296 1,612 13.5 12.8-14.3 9,684 86.5 85.7-87.2
Yes 3,191 823 25.0 23.1-26.9 2,368 75.0 73.1-76.9
Binge Drinker
No 13,316 2,237 16.1 15.3-16.9 11,079 83.9 83.1-84.7
Yes 1,035 176 15.9 13.4-18.8 859 84.1 81.2-86.6
Heavy Drinker
No 13,954 2,341 16.0 15.3-16.8 11,613 84.0 83.2-84.7
Yes 458 78 16.1 12.2-21.0 380 83.9 79.0-87.8
Fair/Poor Health Status
Yes 3,081 826 27.5 25.5-29.6 2,255 72.5 70.4-74.5
No 11,405 1,608 13.3 12.6-14.1 9,797 86.7 85.9-87.4
Current Asthma
Yes 1,154 311 25.4 22.4-28.5 843 74.6 71.5-77.6
No 13,294 2,111 15.3 14.6-16.1 11,183 84.7 83.9-85.4
Diabetes
Yes 1,509 364 24.1 21.5-26.9 1,145 75.9 73.1-78.5
Yes, During Pregnancy 133 35 26.6 18.5-36.8 98 73.4 63.2-81.5
No 12,710 2,005 15.1 14.4-15.9 10,705 84.9 84.1-85.6
No, Bordeline Diabetes 174 38 17.9 12.4-25.1 136 82.1 74.9-87.6

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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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