Diabetes is a disease that requires timely and quality medical care. Treatment and overall management of diabetes is rather costly without health care insurance. This leads to a phenomenon where uninsured diabetics stay at home, foregoing routine medical care, until their condition worsens. At this point, they are left with no choice than to resort to emergency departments for assistance.
There is extensive literature which supports the fact that there is a relationship between diabetics' health insurance and utilization of emergency departments. The existing literature suggests that uninsured diabetics utilize emergency departments more often than their insured counterparts. The findings in this study, in which the author analyzed data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) on emergency department visits by adult diabetics with and without insurance did not coincide with findings in the literature reviewed. Nonetheless, steps need to be taken to reduce cases where uninsured diabetics forego routine care with a primary care physician, jeopardizing their medical conditions, only to end up in emergency departments.
|Commitee:||Frates, Janice, Nguyen, Hannah-Hanh, Sinay, Tony|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Health Care Administration|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 51/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Health care management|
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