Is socioeconomic status associated with utilization of health care services in a single-payer universal health care system? Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • To assess an association of Socio-economic status with utilization of health care services between years 2002 and 2008 in Israel. We retrospectively analyzed the utilization of health care services in a cohort of 100,000 members, 21 years and older, of a Clalit Health Services. The research compared utilization according to the neighborhood SES status; and clinic's location as another SES proxy. Data included: Charlson Score morbidity factor, utilization of health care services (visits to primary physicians and specialists, purchase of pharmaceuticals, number of hospitalization days, visits to ED, utilization of laboratory tests and imaging). The analysis was performed using Generalized Linear Model (GLM) technique. People with lower SES visited more the ED and primary physicians and were hospitalized for longer periods. People with higher SES visited more specialists, bought …

publication date

  • November 1, 2014