Associations between Difficulty Paying Medical Bills and Forgone Medical and Prescription Drug Care.

Title

Associations between Difficulty Paying Medical Bills and Forgone Medical and Prescription Drug Care.

Creator

Baughman Kristin R; Burke Ryan C; Hewit Michael S; Sudano Joseph J; Meeker James; Hull Sharon K

Publisher

Population Health Management

Date

2015
2015-10

Description

Problems paying medical bills have been reported to be associated with increased stress, bankruptcy, and forgone medical care. Using the Behavioral Model for Vulnerable Populations developed by Gelberg et al as a framework, as well as data from the 2010 Ohio Family Health Survey, this study examined the relationships between difficulty paying medical bills and forgone medical and prescription drug care. Logistic regression was used to examine associations between difficulty paying medical bills and predisposing, enabling, need (health status), and health behaviors (forgoing medical care). Difficulty paying medical bills increased the effect of lack of health insurance in predicting forgone medical care and had a conditional effect on the association between education and forgone prescription drug care. Those who had less than a bachelor's degree were more likely to forgo prescription drug care than those with a bachelor's degree, but only if they had difficulty paying medical bills. Difficulty paying medical bills also accounted for the relationships between several population characteristics (eg, age, income, home ownership, health status) in predicting forgone medical and prescription drug care. Policies to cap out-of-pocket medical expenses may mitigate health disparities by addressing the impact of difficulty paying medical bills on forgone care.

Subject

*Fees; *Health Expenditures; *Health Services Accessibility; *Patient Compliance; *Prescription Fees; Adult; Aged; Bisexuals; Cross-Sectional Studies; Debt; Drug; Family Health; Female; Financial; Health Status; Health Surveys; Homeless Persons; Humans; Male; Medical; Middle Aged; Ohio; Population Characteristics; Prescriptions; Socioeconomic Factors; Special Populations; Young Adult

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

358–366

Issue

5

Volume

18

Citation

Baughman Kristin R; Burke Ryan C; Hewit Michael S; Sudano Joseph J; Meeker James; Hull Sharon K, “Associations between Difficulty Paying Medical Bills and Forgone Medical and Prescription Drug Care.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 14, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/4165.

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