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Place of physician contact, by age and poverty status, 2002 (vertical bar charts): Under 5 years, below poverty: Clinic or health center, 34.7%; Doctor’s office or HMO, 59.0%; Hospital emergency room, 2.3%; Hospital outpatient department, 3.8%; Under 5 years, above poverty: Clinic or health center, 15.9%; Doctor’s office or HMO, 82.9%; Hospital emergency room, 0.3%; Hospital outpatient department, 0.9%. Ages 5-12, below poverty: Clinic or health center, 30.7%; Doctor’s office or HMO, 64.6%; Hospital emergency room, 2.3%; Hospital outpatient department, 2.3%; Ages 5-12, above poverty: Clinic or health center, 14.7%; Doctor’s office or HMO, 83.6%; Hospital emergency room, 0.8%; Hospital outpatient department, 0.7%. Ages 13-17, below poverty: Clinic or health center, 28.5%; Doctor’s office or HMO, 67.7%; Hospital emergency room, 2.2%; Hospital outpatient department, 1.4%; Ages 13-17, above poverty: Clinic or health center, 16.3%; Doctor’s office or HMO, 81.9%; Hospital emergency room, 0.6%; Hospital outpatient department, 0.9%.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics. National Health Interview Survey, 2002. Analysis conducted by the Maternal and Child Health Information Resource Center.