Journal article

Is disability exclusion associated with experiencing an unmet need for health care?

Jeromey B Temple, Jay A Stiles, Ariane Utomo, Margaret Kelaher, Ruth Williams

Australasian Journal on Ageing | Wiley | Published : 2020

Abstract

Objective To examine the association between disability exclusion and experiencing an unmet need for health care. Methods The 2015 Survey of Disability Ageing and Carers was used to measure the prevalence of unmet needs for health care stratified by measures of exclusion. Log‐Poisson models were fitted to examine the association between discrimination, avoidance and unmet needs for health care. Results Approximately 10% of respondents reported an unmet need to attend a GP, specialist or hospital and 25% reported an unmet need to obtain dental treatment. For those reporting an instance of discrimination in the last 12 months, the rates of experiencing unmet needs for health care were signif..

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