Unmet medical needs in ambulatory care in Hungary: forgone visits and medications from a representative population survey

Lucevic, Armin, Péntek, Márta, Kringos, Dionne, Klazinga, Niek, Gulácsi, László, Fernandes, Óscar Brito, Boncz, Imre and Baji, Petra (2019) Unmet medical needs in ambulatory care in Hungary: forgone visits and medications from a representative population survey. The European Journal of Health Economics, 2019 (20). S71-S78. DOI

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Background The objective of this paper is to explore unmet health care needs in Hungary in ambulatory care due to costs and difculties in travelling, and to analyze how unmet needs relate to socio-demographic characteristics. Methods The quantitative analysis is based on a national, representative online survey carried out in Hungary on a sample of 1000 respondents in early 2019 using a proposed set of questions developed by the OECD. We present and compare unmet medical needs in diferent socio-demographic groups, and we use multivariate logistic regression analysis to identify the main determinants of unmet medical needs. Results Among responders who had medical problems in the last 12 months, 27.3% reported forgone medical visit due to difculties in travelling, 24.2% had unflled prescription for medicine due to costs, 21.4% reported forgone medical visit or follow-up visit due to costs and 16.6% reported skipped medical test, treatment or other follow-up due to costs. These shares are much higher than presented previously in international databases. The logistic model indicates that respondents were signifcantly more likely to report unmet needs if they were women, younger or belonged to frst and second income quintiles. Conclusions Policy makers need to address the issue of high prevalence of forgone medical care among the Hungarian population to avoid deterioration of population health and inequalities in access. As a frst step, policies should try to decrease fnancial burden of vulnerable groups to improve access.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:forgone care, unmet medical needs, access, ambulatory care, Hungary
JEL classification:I11 - Analysis of Health Care Markets
I13 - Health Insurance, Public and Private
I14 - Health and Inequality
Subjects:Social welfare, insurance, health care
ID Code:5321
Deposited By: Veronika Vitéz
Deposited On:06 Apr 2020 12:17
Last Modified:06 Apr 2020 12:17

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