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Am J Public Health. 2010 Mar;100(3):489-95. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2009.160804. Epub 2010 Jan 14.

Disparities in health insurance coverage, access, and outcomes for individuals in same-sex versus different-sex relationships, 2000-2007.

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Department of Business Economics and Public Policy, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We used data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to compare health insurance coverage, access to care, and women's cancer screenings for individuals in same-sex versus different-sex relationships.

METHODS:

We estimated logistic regression models by using data on 5265 individuals in same-sex relationships and 802,659 individuals in different-sex relationships.

RESULTS:

Compared with women in different-sex relationships, women in same-sex relationships were significantly less likely to have health insurance coverage, were less likely to have had a checkup within the past year, were more likely to report unmet medical needs, and were less likely to have had a recent mammogram or Pap test. Compared with men in different-sex relationships, men in same-sex relationships were significantly less likely to have health insurance coverage and were more likely to report unmet medical needs, although they were more likely to have had a checkup in the past year.

CONCLUSIONS:

In the largest and most recent nationally representative sample, we found important differences in health insurance coverage and access to care between individuals in same-sex relationships and those in different-sex relationships for both men and women.

PMID:
20075319
PMCID:
PMC2820046
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2009.160804
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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