Differences in health insurance and health service utilization among Asian Americans

Method for using the NHIS to identify unique patterns between ethnic groups

Ho Sihn Ryu, Wendy B. Young, Hoil Kwak

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Abstract

The purpose of this study is to outline a method to identify the characteristics of socioeconomic variables in determining the differences in health insurance coverage and health services utilization patterns for different ethnic groups, using the behavioural model of health service utilization. A sample drawn from Asian American adult respondents to the 1992, 1993, and 1994 National Health Interview Surveys (NHIS) in the USA formed the data set. The results showed Asian Americans as not being homogeneous. There were distinctly different demographic and socioeconomic characteristics between six Asian American ethnic groups that affect health insurance coverage and health service utilization. The study method is useful for constructing health policy and services to address the general public need without adversely affecting smaller minority groups. Secondary analysis of well-constructed national data sets such as the specific Asian ethnic groups in NHIS, offers a rich method for predicting the differential impact of specific health policies on various ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-68
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Health Planning and Management
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002 May 1

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Keywords

  • Asian Americans
  • Health insurance
  • Health service utilization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health(social science)
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Health Policy

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