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Is socioeconomic status associated with utilization of health care services in a single-payer universal health care system?

Overview of attention for article published in International Journal for Equity in Health, November 2014
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Title
Is socioeconomic status associated with utilization of health care services in a single-payer universal health care system?
Published in
International Journal for Equity in Health, November 2014
DOI 10.1186/s12939-014-0115-1
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Authors

Dani Filc, Nadav Davidovich, Lena Novack, Ran D Balicer

Abstract

ObjectivesTo assess an association of Socio-economic status with utilization of health care services between years 2002 and 2008 in Israel.MethodsWe retrospectively analyzed the utilization of health care services in a cohort of 100,000 members, 21 years and older, of a Clalit Health Services. The research compared utilization according to the neighborhood SES status; and clinic¿s location as another SES proxy. Data included: Charlson Score morbidity factor, utilization of health care services (visits to primary physicians and specialists, purchase of pharmaceuticals, number of hospitalization days, visits to ED, utilization of laboratory tests and imaging). The analysis was performed using Generalized Linear Model (GLM) technique.ResultsPeople with lower SES visited more the ED and primary physicians and were hospitalized for longer periods. People with higher SES visited more specialists, bought more prescription drugs and used more medical imaging. The associations between SES and most of the services we analyzed did not change between 2002 and 2008. However, the gap between lower and higher SES levels in ED visits and the use of prescription drugs slightly increased over time, while the gap in visits to specialists decreased.ConclusionsThe research shows that even in a universal health care system SES is associated with utilization of health care services. In order to improve equity in utilization of services the Israeli public health should reduce economic barriers and in parallel invest in making information accessible to improve ¿navigation skills¿ for all.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Canada 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Unknown 104 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 24 23%
Researcher 14 13%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 12%
Student > Bachelor 10 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 8 8%
Other 18 17%
Unknown 19 18%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 33 31%
Nursing and Health Professions 15 14%
Social Sciences 9 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 5 5%
Business, Management and Accounting 4 4%
Other 15 14%
Unknown 25 24%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 10. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 May 2019.
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