Patterns of older Americans' health care utilization over time.

TitlePatterns of older Americans' health care utilization over time.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsManski, RJ, Moeller, JF, Chen, H, Schimmel, J, St Clair, PA, Pepper, JV
JournalAm J Public Health
Date Published2013 Jul
ISSN Number1541-0048
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Ambulatory Surgical Procedures, Delivery of Health Care, Female, Health Services, Health Status, Health Surveys, Home Care Services, Hospitalization, Humans, Income, Insurance Coverage, Logistic Models, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Middle Aged, Office Visits, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Time Factors, United States

OBJECTIVES: We analyzed correlates of older Americans' continuous and transitional health care utilization over 4 years.

METHODS: We analyzed data for civilian, noninstitutionalized US individuals older than 50 years from the 2006 and 2008 waves of the Health and Retirement Study. We estimated multinomial logistic models of persistent and intermittent use of physician, inpatient hospital, home health, and outpatient surgery over the 2004-2008 survey periods.

RESULTS: Individuals with worse or worsening health were more likely to persistently use medical care and transition into care and not transition out of care over time. Financial variables were less often significant and, when significant, were often in an unexpected direction.

CONCLUSIONS: Older individuals' health and changes in health are more strongly correlated with persistence of and changes in care-seeking behavior over time than are financial status and changes in financial status. The more pronounced sensitivity to health status and changes in health are important considerations in insurance and retirement policy reforms.

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Older people/Hospitals/Health insurance/health Care Utilization/Public Policy

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Alternate JournalAm J Public Health
Citation Key7825
PubMed ID23678922
PubMed Central IDPMC3676460
Grant ListR01 DE021678 / DE / NIDCR NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01DE021678 / DE / NIDCR NIH HHS / United States