The relationship between accessibility of healthcare facilities and medical care utilization among the middle-aged and elderly population in Taiwan

Ya Ting Yang, Iqbal Usman, Hua Lin Ko, Chia Rong Wu, Hsien Tsai Chiu, Yi Chieh Lin, Wender Lin, Yi Hsin Elsa Hsu

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between accessibility of healthcare facilities and medical care utilization among the middle-aged and elderly population in Taiwan. Design: Cross-sectional study from 2007 Taiwan Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TLSA) survey. Setting: Community-based study. Participants: A total of 4249 middle-aged and elderly subjects were recruited. Intervention(s): None. Main Outcome Measure(s): Outpatient visits within 1 month, and hospitalization, emergency visits as well as to shop in pharmacy stores within 1 year, respectively. Results: Adjusting for important confounding variables, the middle-aged and elderly with National Health Insurance (NHI) and commercial insurance compared with those with NHI alone tended to have outpatient visits. The middle-aged and elderly with longer time to access healthcare facilities were less likely to shop in pharmacy stores compared with those with

Original languageEnglish
Article numbermzv024
Pages (from-to)222-231
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal for Quality in Health Care
Volume27
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2015

Keywords

  • Accessibility
  • Healthcare quality
  • Medical care utilization
  • Middle-aged and elderly
  • Patient safety

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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