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Rev Peru Med Exp Salud Publica. 2013 Apr;30(2):175-80.

[Use of health facilities of the Ministry of Health of Peru, 2009-2011].

[Article in Spanish]

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Oficina General de Estadística e Informática, Ministerio de Salud, Lima, Perú

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To describe the use of health services and associated factors in health care centers of the Ministry of Health of Peru (MINSA).

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

An ecological study was conducted with information from outpatients placed in all health centers from all Regions at the national level from 2009-2011. The use of health services was defined by the proportion of outpatient and the total population. This variable was compared by gender, age group, geographic area, and calendar year. Chi-square test was performed to compare proportions between the different layers. In addition, linear regression was performed to determine factors associated.

RESULTS:

In this period of time there was an increased number of health care centers and health insurance coverage, but the use of health services decreased from 43.3% (2009) to 40.3% (2011). An increased use by female residents, age group of 0-29 years old and residents from the southern region was found. A multivariate analysis was conducted and factors associated with use of health systems were geographic area, and calendar year.

CONCLUSIONS:

Use of health services is not associated to the increased number of health centers nor the access to health insurance, but it is associated to individual factors or health system-related factors that should be evaluated in future studies.

PMID:
23949499
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