Health care use by Hispanic adults: financial vs. non-financial determinants.
Schur, Claudia L
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Albers, Leigh A; Berk, Marc L
The purpose of this article is to assess the relative effects of financial and cultural factors, namely language spoken, on
health care use by Hispanic adults. Using a national sample, we examine the determinants of having a usual source of care
(USOC), use of physician visits, and likelihood of having blood pressure checked. Multivariate analysis reveals the following:
Monolingual Spanish speakers were not significantly different from English speakers for the three dependent variables; having
private insurance or Medicaid was positively related to all three dependent variables. We conclude that financial factors
primarily insurance--remain as the paramount barriers to care.
Adult : Aged : Blood Pressure : Health Care Costs : Health Services Accessibility/economics/statistics & numerical data :
Health Services Research : Health Services/utilization : Hispanic Americans/statistics & numerical data : Human : Hypertension/diagnosis
: Insurance, Health/utilization : Language : Likelihood Functions : Medicaid/utilization : Medicare/utilization : Middle Age
: Office Visits/statistics & numerical data : Patient Acceptance of Health Care/statistics & numerical data : Socioeconomic
Factors : Support, Non-U.S. Gov't : United States