This study analyzed data on US residents reporting that they were unable to obtain needed care.
Inadequately immunized children and women inadequately screened for breast or cervical cancer were also examined.
Data from the 1987 National Medical Expenditure Survey was analyzed.
A total of 6 375 000 (90% confidence interval [CI]=6 039 000,6 711 000) people could not get hospitaliztion, prescription medications, medical equipment/supplies, or emergency, pediatric, mental health, or home care.
Although the uninsured were more likely to forego care unavailable, three quarters of those unable to obtain services were insured, and 46% (90% CI=42.4%, 49.6%) had private coverage.
Of those reporting the reason why they failed to obtain care, 65.1% (90% CI=61.7%, 68.6%) listed high costs or lack of insurance, including 60.7% (90% CI=57.1%, 64.3%) of the privately insured.
More than a third of women had not had a breast examination in the previous 2 years, a fifth had not had a Pap smear within the previous 4 years, and half had never had a mammogram (ages 50-69 only).
Of children 2 to 5 years old, 35.1% (90% CI=31.5%, 35.7%) were inadequately immunized.
Medicaid recipients had measures of access to care similar to those of the uninsured.
Many US residents-most of whom have insurance-are unable to obtain needed care, usually because of high costs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Accessibilité, Soin, Assurance maladie, Coût, Prévention, Etats Unis, Système santé, Amérique du Nord, Amérique
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Accessibility, Care, Health insurance, Costs, Prevention, United States, Health system, North America, America
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0220401
Code Inist : 002B30A01B. Création : 09/06/1995.