Racial and Ethnic Differences Among Medicare Beneficiaries

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Date: Summer 2000
From: Health Care Financing Review(Vol. 21, Issue 4)
Publisher: Superintendent of Documents
Document Type: Article
Length: 730 words

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The Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS) collects detailed data on beneficiaries' use of, access to, and satisfaction with care. The large sample size allows for analysis by several racial and ethnic categories. Because race and ethnicity are reported separately in the MCBS, any beneficiary who reported their ethnicity as Hispanic, regardless of whether they reported their race as white or black, was classified as Hispanic for this article. Thus, the categories can be accurately defined as white non-Hispanic, black non-Hispanic, and Hispanic. In 1998, 82 percent of the 39.8 million Medicare beneficiaries were white non-Hispanic. About 9 percent of Medicare beneficiaries (or 3.5 million) were black non-Hispanic, and 7 percent (or 2.6 million) were Hispanic.

* Twenty-five percent of black beneficiaries and 21 percent of Hispanic beneficiaries qualified for Medicare due to a disability versus only about 11 percent of white beneficiaries.

* About 40 percent of white beneficiaries and only about 25 percent of black and Hispanic beneficiaries reported that they were in "Excellent" or "Very Good" health. Conversely, over 40 percent of black and Hispanic beneficiaries reported their health to be "Fair"...

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A71060810