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Am J Public Health. 2003 May;93(5):786-91.

Receipt of preventive care among adults: insurance status and usual source of care.

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  • 1Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This study ascertained the separate and combined effects of having insurance and a usual source of care on receiving preventive services.

METHODS:

Descriptive and multivariate analyses of 1996 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey data were conducted.

RESULTS:

Receipt of preventive services was strongly associated with insurance and a usual source of care. Significant differences were found between insured adults with a usual source of care, who were most likely to have received services, compared with uninsured adults without regular care, who were least likely to have received services. Those with either a usual source of care or insurance had intermediate levels of preventive services.

CONCLUSIONS:

Having a usual source of care and health insurance are both important to achieving national prevention goals.

PMID:
12721145
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PMCID:
PMC1447840
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