To describe limitations in insurance coverage and their financial impact among a sample of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients.
A national sample of RA patients followed since 1988, completed a telephone interview about health insurance coverage, experiences with preexisting conditions clauses, and the financial impact of arthritis.
Descriptive and multivariate logistic regression techniques were used to analyze the demographics and health status data.
Trends in insurance coverage among people in this sample showed that participants were more likely to be in an HMO or PPO currently than 5 years previously.
A majority of participants (67%) experienced financial impact from arthritis ; 35% said that arthritis limited their ability to earn a living.
Twenty-one percent had some insurance limitation because of arthritis as a preexisting condition.
Eleven percent had been denied insurance.
Those who had higher scores on the Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire, were younger, were covered by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and were more likely to be affected by a preexisting condition limitation.
The data clearly indicate that even well-insured RA patients receiving care from rheumatologists experience limitations related to preexisting conditions and considerable financial impact.
Mots-clés Pascal : Polyarthrite rhumatoïde, Assurance maladie, Couverture, Coût, Protection sociale, Homme, Chronique, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rhumatisme inflammatoire, Immunopathologie, Maladie autoimmune
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Rheumatoid arthritis, Health insurance, Coverage, Costs, Welfare aids, Human, Chronic, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Inflammatory joint disease, Immunopathology, Autoimmune disease
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0512617
Code Inist : 002B15D. Création : 01/03/1996.