Korean American health insurance and health services utilization

Hosihn Ryu, Wendy B. Young, Changgi Park

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The purpose of this ethnic group study was to describe the unique pattern of Korean Americans, as compared with the aggregate of Asian Americans, for: (a) the predisposing, enabling, and need factors for health service utilization, focusing specifically on the role of health insurance coverage; and (b) predictors of health insurance coverage. Using the behavioral model for health service utilization, data were selected from the 1992 National Health Insurance Survey (NHIS, 1994) for Korean Americans (n = 345) and Asian Americans (n = 3,059). Results differed between the Korean American group and the Asian American group. Health insurance coverage was the strongest predictor of Korean American utilization, and need factors lacked significance, suggesting that uninsured Korean Americans have less access regardless of need. For the aggregate Asian American group, need factors tempered the influence of health insurance on utilization. Results of this type of study may be helpful for designing and implementing health care services tailored for specific ethnic at-risk markets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-505
Number of pages12
JournalResearch in Nursing and Health
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Dec


  • Health insurance
  • Health services utilization
  • Korean Americans

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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