The purpose of this study was to explore how various disparities such as biopsychosocial characteristics, health insurance coverage, health care discrimination, health care access, and medical bills are associated with the use of an emergency department (ED) as an individual’s source of primary care. This study used a sample size of 8,981 individuals who live in California and reported a visit to the emergency department. The demographic profile of those who visited the ED in this study was a majority female, had an income of less than $10,000, was between the ages of 18 to 29-year-old, self-reported Latino, had an educational attainment of high school or less, was a self-reported United States citizen, was living with a partner, and was in poor health. Statistically significant associations were found between several health care disparities and discriminatory factors such as type of health care insurance, insurance not accepted by doctor, having been treated unfairly when getting medical care, would have gotten better medical care if different race/ethnicity, having problems paying medical bills, inability to pay for basic necessities due to medical bills and ED usage.
|Commitee:||Ranney, Molly, Kim, Mimi|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|Department:||Social Work, School of|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 82/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public health, Demography|
|Keywords:||Emergency department, Emergency room, Health care discrimination, Health care disparities|
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