Journal article

Health service use of Australian unemployment and disability benefit recipients: a national, cross-sectional study

Alex Collie, Luke Sheehan, Ashley McAllister

BMC HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2021

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Healthcare is funded and delivered separately from income support programs such as unemployment and disability benefits. Greater understanding of the health service use (HSU) of benefit recipients would support more effective design and delivery of health and income support programs. This study aimed to characterise the HSU of disability and unemployment benefit recipients relative to people earning wages, while controlling for personal, household and health-related factors associated with HSU in benefit recipients. METHODS: A cross-sectional national survey of 9110 working age Australian adults in three groups: (1) 566 receiving the disability support pension (DSP); (2) 410 rece..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council Future Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding for this project was provided by a Monash University Faculty of Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences establishment grant. Alex Collie is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (FT19010028).