Medical Care , Vol. 45, No. 9
Peter J. Cunningham, Jack Hadley
Health surveys have shown that the uninsured and racial/ethnic minorities are more likely than privately insured and whites to report unmet medical needs. Among 15 symptoms that medical doctors believe should prompt people to seek caresuch as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent headache or loss of consciousness80 percent of uninsured did not obtain care, compared to 52 percent of privately insured and 39 percent of Medicare beneficiaries, according to a study by HSC researchers in the September edition of the journal Medical Care. In addition, Hispanics were less likely than whites to get the care they need. Findings also show that differences in perceived need for care among insured and racial/ethnic groups did not explain access disparities.
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