THE IMPACT OF INSURANCE STATUS ON HYPERTENSION-RELATED MEDICAL UTILIZATION IN CHINA
Currently, non-communicable diseases account for 80% of the overall disease burden in China. With 200 million patients, hypertension ranks high on the list. Alarmingly, recent data suggests a low rate of hypertension treatment and control in addition to the disproportionately limited resources allocated to improve the situation. One way to encourage hypertension treatment is to provide financial incentives thorough more generous insurance policy for hypertension-related preventative and treatment services. Using national-representative 2011 China Health and Retirement Longitude Study data, this study explores the relationship between individual’s use of hypertension-related preventative and treatment services and one’s health insurance status. The results suggest that compared to New Cooperative Medical Insurance (NCMS) enrollees, being enrolled in Urban Employee Medical Insurance (UEBMI) tends to increase the likelihood of receiving physical examination, whereas being uninsured are associated with lower odds of receiving physical examination. However, except for the lower treatment rates of the uninsured, there is no substantial correlation between insurance status and use of anti-hypertension treatment.
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