Table 2: Demographic characteristics of Medicare beneficiaries aged 50 years and older in 2005*.

Characteristics% (SE)

Gender
 Male43.8 (0.4)
 Female56.2 (0.4)
Age
 Less than 6515.1 (0.4)
 65–7441.0 (0.4)
 75+44.0 (0.4)
Race
 White78.8 (1.0)
 Black9.2 (0.8)
 Hispanic5.8 (0.5)
 Other6.2 (0.4)
Education
 College degree or higher19.5 (0.7)
 Some college14.4 (0.5)
 High school/vocational grad37.0 (0.6)
 No high school diploma29.0 (0.7)
Marital status
 Married51.5 (0.5)
 Divorced11.8 (0.3)
 Widowed29.4 (0.4)
 Never married7.1 (0.2)
 Other0.2 (0.03)
Supplemental insurance
 Private55.9 (0.8)
 Medicaid17.3 (0.5)
 Medicaid + Private1.2 (0.1)
 None25.6 (0.7)
Income
 Greater than $50 K11.0 (0.5)
 $25 K to $50 K40.1 (0.6)
 Less than $25 K48.9 (0.9)
Obesity classification
 Normal or underweight36.6 (0.5)
 Overweight37.8 (0.5)
 Obese22.4 (0.5)
 Morbidly obese3.1 (0.2)
History of CRC screening
 Yes65.3 (0.6)
 No34.7 (0.6)

Using the unweighted data including all samples of 15,769 Medicare beneficiaries from the MCBS data, all estimates are calculated from the weighted analyses. ( = 39,337,911 beneficiaries).