Prescription Drug Use Among Adults With Chronic Conditions in South Korea: Dual Burden of Health Care Needs and Socioeconomic Vulnerability

제목
Prescription Drug Use Among Adults With Chronic Conditions in South Korea: Dual Burden of Health Care Needs and Socioeconomic Vulnerability
저자

Jung, Youn; Jinok Byeon; Haejoo Chung

키워드
South Korea; chronic disease; out-of-pocket payment; perceived burden; pharmaceutical expenditure; socioeconomic position
발행연도
2015-10-28
발행기관
SAGE
Series
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health, vol. 28, no. 1, pp. 39 - 50
Journal Title
Asia-Pacific Journal of Public Health
초록
The aim of this study is to identify the social determinants of prescription drug use among adults with chronic diseases by examining the associations between socioeconomic position and prescription medicine use and perceived burden for pharmaceutical expenditure, using a sample of the Korean population from the 2008 Korea Health Panel, with 4 analytic models. Controlled with health status and the type of health insurance, the probability of using prescription drugs and overall spending on drugs significantly increased with rising income level, while perceived burden for out-of-pocket payment significantly decreased. These results imply that the poor are likely to underuse prescription drugs compared with their wealthier counterparts with the same need for health care, probably due to economic barriers.
ISSN
1010-5395
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