Although poor access to general medical care services has been documented widely, the unmet need for supplemental health care services-such as eyeglasses-has been largely ignored This article documents the inability to obtain eyeglasses on the national level and for various subpopulations using the 1994 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Access to Care Survey Methods : The Survey, a followup to the 1993 National Health Interview Survey, collected data on respondents inability to obtain health care services due to access barriers The sample comprised 3,480 observations, weighted to represent the U. S S. civiliar non-institutionalized population Results : More than 5% of the U. S population reported an unmet need for eyeglasses, and of these, more than 80% cited financial reasons as the primary barrier Persons in poor health and blacks were most likely to face barriers to obtaining eyeglasses Conclusion : Understanding this under-served population and their unmet needs can help po icymakers formulate new initiatives The focus on preventive care within managed care organizations may ease some barriers for the insured population Policy should focus on uninsured and underinsured working individuals who cannot afford and do not receive public assistance for needed eye care.
Mots-clés Pascal : Lunette, Besoin, Trouble vision, Traitement, Economie santé, Evaluation, Homme, Oeil pathologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Spectacles, Need, Vision disorder, Treatment, Health economy, Evaluation, Human, Eye disease
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0253822
Code Inist : 002B26B. Création : 16/11/1999.