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Effect of health insurance type on health care utilization in patients with hypertension : A national health insurance database study in Korea

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  • Effect of health insurance type on health care utilization in patients with hypertension
  • Suh, Hae Sun; Kang, Hye-Young; Kim, Jinkyung; Shin, Euichul
  • BioMed Central


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Title Effect of health insurance type on health care utilization in patients with hypertension
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A national health insurance database study in Korea

Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Suh, Hae Sun; Kang, Hye-Young; Kim, Jinkyung; Shin, Euichul

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[London, U.K.]:BioMed Central

Date 2014
Journal Title; Vol./Issue BMC Health Services Research:vol. 14(no. 570)
Pages 12
Subject Country South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
File Type Link
Subject Social Development < Health
Holding BioMed Central

Abstract

Background: Higher utilization of healthcare services has been observed among individuals who receive public aid compared to individuals who do not receive public aid in many countries. However, no systematic investigations have explored whether this pattern of higher utilization persists after correcting for a number of factors in Korea. In this study, we sought to examine whether the type of health insurance, wage-based contributory insurance (Health Insurance, HI) or government-subsidized public assistance (Medical Aid, MA), affects the utilization of inpatient services after controlling for baseline patient and institutional characteristics among patients with hypertension in Korea. Methods: The Korean National Health Insurance claims database from 2006 and 2007 was used for analysis. To avoid biased estimates, we determined the most appropriate type of multivariate model for each outcome variable: (The rest omitted)